I find inspiration in this quotation by Edwin Muir.
Reality or vision, this we have seen. If it had lasted but another moment it might have held forever! But the world rolled back into its place, and we are here. And all that radiance lies forlorn, as if it had never stirred.
– From “The Transfiguration” Edwin Muir
When confusion rages within us and our anger releases its fury, then our time has come for withdrawing to holy places. For there, the days and nights of our inner chaos can transform. Yet, even in holy moments, we may find nothing. We may feel nothing but our own emptiness. We may well see only life’s cruel reality before us . . . illness, worry, loneliness, financial hardship, far from a personal transfiguration.
But we may just find our true selves, or see the face of God and the face of hope.
The Psalmist speaks of going up to the mountain of the Lord.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart . . .
Psalm 24:3-4 (New International Version)
Having clean hands and a pure heart may not be easy for us. We deal with our own imperfections and we constantly find within ourselves flaws of various kinds. So we must find moments of worship and contemplation. We must find the inspiration that can lead to our own transfiguration. We must find ourselves ever nearer to the God of holiness.
So let us keep holy moments, that the presence of God’s Spirit might dwell with us in double measure. Let us worship on God’s holy mountain, seeking transformation. There we shall see the light of glory and, with great joy, behold on the mountain peak the purest light of all.
And then, with hope in our hearts, we shall move with courage toward an even greater glory.