Shining Brightly

When we were young, apparently we could all “glow to school” if only we’d had our Ready Brek.  An encounter with Ready Brek made you so warm you were glowing all day.

Moses had a glowing experience, not from his choice of breakfast cereal, but from an encounter with God:

Exodus 34:29-35

Moses Comes Down from Mount Sinai

29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai, carrying the Ten Commandments. His face was shining brightly because the Lord had been speaking to him. But Moses did not know at first that his face was shining. 30 When Aaron and the others looked at Moses, they saw that his face was shining, and they were afraid to go near him. 31 Moses called out for Aaron and the leaders to come to him, and he spoke with them. 32 Then the rest of the people of Israel gathered around Moses, and he gave them the laws that the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.

33 The face of Moses kept shining, and after he had spoken with the people, he covered his face with a veil. 34 Moses would always remove the veil when he went into the sacred tent to speak with the Lord. And when he came out, he would tell the people everything the Lord had told him to say. 35 They could see that his face was still shining. So after he had spoken with them, he would put the veil back on and leave it on until the next time he went to speak with the Lord.

Moses had been on Mount Sinai.  He had heard from God.  And that encounter had changed him.

There are three interesting points from this story:

  • Moses was changed – but he didn’t know it.  It was the people who saw the change in him.
  • He was changed – to enable him to bring God’s message.  The people realised something important had happened by the change they saw in him – so they listened.
  • Moses’ meeting with God on the mountain wasn’t a once for all encounter – he kept on meeting with God, to hear what he wanted to say to him and the people.

I wonder if people see the difference in me when I’ve met with God?  Does it change me?

And do I keep going back?  Or expect one encounter to last a while?  Our relationship with God needs to be an ongoing one.

Does God shine in and through me day by day?

I need to take time to be in his presence, that it may be so

Lord,

I come into your presence,

seeking to be changed,

longing to be different.

I come,

to allow the light of your presence

to light my life.

I come

again

and again

to hear your voice.

Make a difference in me

Lord

I pray

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