And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
George Orwell was one of the most insightful writers of his generation – or of any other generation, for that matter. (Actually, Orwell was a pen name – his given name was Eric Blair.)
Orwell only wrote a handful of books, and the world today only really remembers two of them – Animal Farm and 1984. Animal Farm is a remarkable tale about totalitarianism, and specifically Communist Russia. But its real charm is that it’s written using a farm as the setting, and the animals there are the main characters. Still, it’s impossible to miss the point of the book if you’re paying attention – or is it?
When Orwell was seeking a publisher for the book, one of the publishing houses who considered Animal Farm was Alfred A. Knopf, which was noted for its award-winning authors. But when they reviewed Orwell’s masterpiece, they dismissed it, saying that it was “impossible to sell animal stories in the U.S.A.”
They simply didn’t get it.
Sometimes we’re that way with the Lord. Even when His message is larger than life, right in front of us, it’s still not clear enough. In today’s scripture, Peter had that same problem. God sent Moses and Elijah to meet with Jesus on a mountain. It was an amazing moment, as Jesus was clearly glorified while meeting with legendary prophets from the past.
Peter should have been lost in worship of the Lord. But instead, he thought it would be great idea to build some shelters so the three men could get some rest. Seriously? Elijah and Moses appear from Heaven to meet with the Son of God, and Peter thought they needed huts?
God’s message to us isn’t really complex. Most often, He keeps it simple for us. Love God, love other people, serve Him, and lead other people to Him. If it even seems too difficult to understand, it’s because we’re the ones making it difficult. Look for the heart of God in any scripture or message, and you should be able to get the point pretty easily.
Reflection copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt.
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