There is a lot of noise in our world with a lot of activity and opinions. We may not produce as many newspapers each day but the media happens in ways that make it difficult to find a quiet place. We are bombarded by noise and gossip. On my way home from Melbourne this week I had lunch at the Morning Loaf Bakery in Bordertown. It is a busy place and there are a lot of decisions to make as you gaze at all the cakes and buns! I noticed that there were several old Church pews for those who choose to sit and wait for their coffee. Then I noticed that there were some Bibles in the pews. I picked up a copy of the New English Translation of the New Testament with the green cover. Reading this Bible in a public place reminded me how relevant it is for today, yet reading the Bible in public is not something many of us do. What a great idea having God’s Word there for people to pick up and read. Ask Max about reading the Bible in a public place. He does this every week at the same time. In the verses below is a wonderful account of an encounter that Peter, James and John had with Jesus on one very extra-ordinary day.
Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiantly white, more so than any launderer in the world could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared before them along with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. So Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (For they were afraid, and he did not know what to say.) Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my one dear Son. Listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more except Jesus. Mark 9:2-8, NET.
God will meet us in amazing ways, don’t be trapped by the world’s schemes to distract us away from listening to Him. “This is my one dear Son. Listen to him!”