Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld


After 6 days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone.
Mark 9:2

Trying to find time alone was becoming more and more difficult for Jesus and His disciples. We read that the crowd followed Him, on occasions, not even giving them time to eat!

This was a very special occasion and Jesus knew it. He had to find a place where He could be alone with His disciples. He had to find a place where they could be without interruption and so they climbed a mountain. Mount Tabor is about 1800 feet high (575m). A long walk just to be uninterrupted! But Jesus knew how important it was for this particular revelation to take place in private and so He made sure they were far from the persistent crowds and far from all interruptions.

It was on this mountain we read:
'And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.'
Mark 9:3

It must have been amazing to witness such a momentous occasion. The only time, we read of, when Jesus was transfigured before His friends.

There is a lesson to be learned from this story. If we would have the revelation of His Glory then we too must be prepared to go out of our way to find a place of quietness, a place where no one or no thing will interrupt us, so that He may come and reveal Himself to us.

Often we miss these moments because we are not careful in our time alone; it's too rushed, or we are too tired, or we allow too many interruptions in our lives.

There must be a place for us to be alone with God uninterrupted by our own thoughts or by another.

Let us press on until we find this place for ourselves. A place where we can go and be totally undisturbed and relaxed. It is there we can tune into that other world and find the One our soul seeks.