Remember the movie, Oh God? John Denver played a grocery store clerk chosen to have a personal interview with God, who looked a lot like George Burns. The frustrating part for him was trying to get anyone to believe he wasn’t crazy. Starting with his wife. Funny movie and I just put it back on my Netflix queue. As fanciful as that plot was, a similar thing happened to Peter when he witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration and heard God speaking. And every time he tried to tell others about that experience there was always somebody at the back of the room, making a skeptical face and shaking his head. Which is why Peter wrote these words:
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. (2 Peter 1:16-18)
Maybe you can understand how frustrated he must have been. Maybe you’ve had your whole life changed by an encounter with Jesus and have then tried to explain it to others who make that funny face. Or who back away, slowly, saying, “Oh that’s nice for you…” Maybe you’ve discovered if you have to say, “No, really…” the argument is over. But don’t be discouraged or give up; it’s happened to me, too.
For some skeptics, the best Peter could do was to say:
…you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts… (2 Peter 1:19)