You don’t have to hit me over the head with a brick! Sara, one of my college friends, repeated that saying over and over. But yes sometimes we did have to hit Sara over the head with a brick. At night she often failed to notice that it was time to go home until my roommate and I crawled into bed and told her to turn off the lights on her way out.
Our Bible story this week is a “hit them over the head with the brick” kind of moment for the disciples. There is nothing subtle: God wants the disciples to know that Jesus is God’s son. Read Mark 9:2-9 about Jesus’ transfiguration. Peter, James, and John go up the mountain with Jesus. Jesus is transformed with clothes white beyond words. He visits with Moses and Elijah (who have been dead for hundreds of years). The voice of God thunders: “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.”
Transfiguration is one of those obvious God sightings. The disciples could not miss God’s presence in this mysterious and awe inspiring experience. Sometimes God’s presence is easy for us to notice—the birth of a child, a gorgeous sunset… Other times God’s presence is more subtle and we have to pay attention to notice. But God’s activity is in, with, and under everything in our life! God’s relationship with us weaves through every moment of every day. Not just on Sunday at church. Not just when we notice. Not just in mountain top experiences.
One way we can respond to God’s gracious gift of being present in all things, is to notice. Pay attention. Look for God’s presence.
Try this: Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. For 30 seconds write down (on the left side of the line) everything about your day. If it is morning, think about your day yesterday. Write down all the people, places, activities, feelings.
Now look back through your list. On the right side of the line, write down what God might be trying to tell or show you through each of the experiences of your day. If it is hard to come up with words, just put a star by the experiences where you might have noticed God if you had been paying attention.
Did you find it easy to notice things about your day (left side)? The right side may have been harder. How is God present when changing a diaper or washing dishes? Where is God’s hand in the office or the snow shoveling or in the people in your life? When we notice God, we are more likely to have a faith that sticks and grows. So is today a mountain top experience or an ordinary day? Either way God is fully in your life. Look for God sightings. Notice what God is doing in, with, and under everything in your life.