This Echo Dot speaker is connected to the voice-activated personal assistant, Alexa. It can perform a number of tasks including: weather and news reports, music, alarms and timers, shopping lists and to-do lists,, reminders from the calendar, access to Wikipedia and more. Other skills are constantly being added. But all requests start with a trigger word or wake-up word. It can be Alexa, Amazon, Echo, or Computer. However, it can be disconcerting that in the default mode, Echo is always listening for the wake-up word to be spoken.
Today’s verse describes in part the scene when Jesus was transfigured before the eyes of Peter, James and John. The Jesus they thought they knew was transformed, wearing dazzling white and speaking to Moses and Elijah. Rather than shocking Peter into respectful silence and an attitude of listening, this miracle loosened Peter’s tongue. In his excitement and fear, he made some suggestions to Jesus. Just before things returned to normal, God’s voice told them to “Listen to Him.”
This command to Peter is just as much for me today. I need to simply listen to Him. There are so many distractions in my life, even good ones. that pull my attention away from hearing what He wants to say. His message can be heard through good preaching, through devotionals and through wonderful Christian articles. But He wants to talk to me personally with that morsel of truth that needs to be applied to my life today! He wants to impress on me the truth needed for this moment. I cannot discern His voice unless I am quiet and actively listening.
Wake me up, Lord, to listen to You.