After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) ( Mark 9:2-6)
Sometimes the best policy is not to say anything at all and yet, many of us are unable to stop the words from coming out of our mouths. At best, we risk sounding not so smart and at worst, we injure someone with our ill timed words. Peter didn’t like the silence that surrounded him at this moment of glory. He desperately wanted something to fill the space of quiet around him. Pragmatically, there is nothing wrong with Peter’s intentions and how he voices them. Spiritually though, he failed to wait on the Lord to tell him what his next step should be.
We continue to suffer from this fear of silence in our lives. When was the last time you had an extended time of silence in church? You’re there, the Spirit is there, and hopefully, the Father is present and all three (silence, Spirit, Father) are exerting pressure on your soul. It might be confronting a long held sin, or pressing you to move on another ministry initiative, or even just comforting you in their presence but we find the silence uncomfortable at best. Even in our times of prayer, the keyboardist or guitarist will inevitably succumb and begin to play.
Are we acting like Peter did at the transfiguration? Would he have been better off simply being present at this moment of glory? Find some silence and ask the Lord.