When I was younger, I would always run outside under the evening sky. I would glance up at the sky and admire the way the stars shined and danced around the moon. In the hours that the sun no longer brought light, the moon would come to illuminate the shadows of the night. The artistry of the nightfall was a promise to me that even through daylight would fade, that beauty and light would come even in the darkest of times. But most importantly, the artistry that lit up the evening sky was a promise that there was something more to this world than anything I could possibly ever fathom. Therefore, there was a creator.
When I think about the light the stars and the moon give off to the night sky, I think of the Gospel message of the transfiguration of Jesus to Peter, James, and John. Jesus led them up to the peak of a mountain and transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun and he radiating with light. Moses and Elijah appeared to them and were conversing with Jesus. In that moment, a bright cloud overshadowed them and said, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him” (Mark 9:7). Although the disciple were to there knees in fear, Jesus comes to them and says, “Rise and do not be afraid” (Matthew 17:7).
The message of the transfiguration is a remembrance that even in the mist of the shadows of the night, there is still light. Jesus is the only light that we need to get us through any trials and obstacles that might be overbearing. Even through the toughest of times, Jesus walks by our sides and continues to give us the strength we need in order to climb our way up the mountain. He is the only one we will find true satisfaction and peace through if only we allow him to shine his light upon us. Jesus wants to be our light and strength but we have to be willing to surrender ourselves to him, so that He may radiate life through us. When the sunlight begins to fade and darkness comes, Jesus remains our light and our promise that he will be with us till the end.
When I look up at the night sky, I see a promise. The radiance of light that overwhelms the darkness is from God, the Creator who painted the earth, moon, stars, and everything beautiful.