"... Peter remarked to Jesus, "Master, it is well that we are here. Let us construct three booths, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." not knowing what he was saying. Even while he said it, a cloud came and overshadowed them and they felt awestruck as they entered into the cloud" ~ Luke 9:33-34, BerkeleyDear, impetuous Peter saw something that amazed him and filled him with awe, and right away he wanted to begin building buildings! Launching programs. Right away Peter wanted to "promote." "... it is well that we are here. Let us construct three booths, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!" Peter blurted this out "not knowing what he was saying." Does this sound familiar to you?
Have you sallied forth to do some tremendous work for God, with all your verbal banners flying, only to find that no-one seems to listen to you? No-one seems to take you seriously? Or, if this has not been your experience, have you never known of a sincere, zealous, misguided soul who has experienced it? Big talk. "Not knowing what he is saying."
Perhaps the motivation for the lofty dreams is very real. Surely Peter had seen Jesus transfigured before his own eyes. And standing right there with Jesus, Peter had also seen Moses and Elijah. It seemed a marvelous idea to begin work at once on something magnificent enough to fit the occasion. But God knew about Peter's rushes of misguided enthusiasm and "Even while he said it, a cloud came and overshadowed them ..."
The cloud that has come and overshadowed your plans just might be God's way of stopping you. Of getting your attention so He can guide you in His way. "... they felt awestruck as they entered into the cloud." This is good. God must re-remind us that He is God. We must sometimes be stopped from charging ahead with our own ideas.
"My soul, wait thou only upon God."