Opening The Blinds-
The office for the Lead Pastor at FUMCC is on the south side of the building. The first time I entered it, I noticed Rodney had the blinds closed. I recall thinking that it seemed to shut off the room, made it darker. I resolved never to close them, to keep them open and allow the light in.
It didn’t take me long to realize why Rodney was keeping them closed. They are southern exposure windows. You can’t look at the computer screen and see anything with the blinds open – the glare is too bright. In the afternoon, the temperature of the room will easily be ten to fifteen degrees warmer than anywhere else in the building because of the direct sun light. You find yourself squinting and fighting headaches if you’re not careful. I don’t like closing the blinds but…. Sometimes, the light is too much. Sometimes, you simply can’t look at it. Sometimes, you have to close the blinds and look away.
Sometimes. But there are other days. Days when it’s a bit gloomy and the light is welcomed. Days when the soul is a bit gloomy and the light is welcomed. Days when the light is necessary to illumine confusion and uncertainty. Days when the soul is cold and the warmth is welcomed. There are days when the blinds are open and, squinting against its brightness and basking in its warmth, I welcome the light for what it brings and for what it promises.
Epiphany is a season of light. This Sunday, the last Sunday of the Epiphany season, is the Sunday of the Transfiguration. On that day, Peter, James, and John journey to the mountaintop with Jesus and witness his transformation into pure light. They can hardly look; they cannot look away. Matthew tells us (Matthew 17:1-9) that it is a moment of revelation. Things are made clear. Gloom is dispersed.
Transfiguration Sunday is a day when God opens the blinds. Light floods into the room We welcome it because, squinting against its brightness and basking in its warmth, we realize the light is nothing less than Christ Jesus himself. We welcome what he brings and what he promises. And discover, there in the light of his presence, that we are ourselves welcomed and beloved, called and graced. We hear his word – “get up and do not be afraid” – and find that we are with Jesus alone.
Basking in the light.
Grace and peace.