The powerful gaze took him in and locked him up. Fear unlike any he had ever known.
The cloud was alive. And all-seeing. The penetrating gaze was too much. The look was not ordinary. Not just looking him over or checking him out. But a look that could create (or re-create). So powerful that it took him completely in--and shut him down.
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" (Matthew 17:5 NIV).
STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY
He fell face down on the ground. Then Jesus touched him telling him not to be afraid.
Looking up he saw only Jesus. With a touch that took him in and lifted him up.