They almost missed it. Maybe they were tired from the climb up the mountain, but they almost missed seeing Jesus in his glory and Moses and Elijah with him.
Peter, always wanting to act or say something, proposed setting up three tents, one for Jesus and one each for the two guests talking with him. Luke, giving an insight into Peter’s brashness, tells us that he didn’t know what he was saying. It wasn’t the first time and it wouldn’t be the last; but, that was Peter being Peter. Suddenly they were enveloped in a cloud from which came a voice: “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” God had the last word. They fell silent, even Peter. They realized they were in over their heads. They needed time to let it all sink in. They needed silence to understand Jesus from a new perspective.
How many times do we miss the glory of God that is all around us because we have our eyes shut? Or, do we just don’t want to see it because it upsets our well-ordered world we have created for ourselves?