Full text – Luke 9:28-36
“28Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. 34As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!’ 36And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.”
As I read this passage today and heard it read during the morning sermon at church, one concept really stood out to me. Like the disciples, during Jesus’ prayer time, we often are exhausted, “heavy with sleep,” weigh down mentally, emotionally, and physically with all our cares.
Of course, some physical rest is important for our well-being. Even God rested on the 7th day of Creation, in order to set an example for us. If we allow rest to take the priority in our lives, however, we will miss out on some of the most amazing things God has for us to witness.
For these disciples, it was only when they were fully awake that they saw the glory of God and the amazing event that He wanted them to witness. Enjoy the rest God wants you to have in order to refresh your body, mind, and soul, but be diligent also – be fully awake, ready to see all that the Lord wishes to show you!