HIDDEN IN THE CREVICE
The word for Day 10 of #write28days is crevice. In Exodus 33, we read that Moses asked God to show him His glory. This was right after God had promised that His Presence would go with Moses as he led the people. Then, hidden in the crevice, Moses saw God’s glory from the back. Here’s part of that passage:
Then Moses said, “Please, let me see your glory.”
He said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim the name ‘the Lord’ before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But he added, “You cannot see my face, for humans cannot see me and live.” The Lord said, “Here is a place near me. You are to stand on the rock, and when my glory passes by, I will put you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take my hand away, and you will see my back, but my face will not be seen.”Exodus 33:18-23
I’ve been enjoying writing haiku along with posts in this challenge and today is no exception.
Somewhere a crevice
Hidden on the mountainside
A place of safety
To see God’s glory, but none
Could see God and live
Yet God made a way
He hid him in the crevice
Till His glory passed
Then God moved His hand
Moses glimpsed His glory, but
Only from the back
REFLECTING GOD’S GLORY
Moses would go up the mountain away from the people to meet with God. Every time he came down his face shone. He was not aware of it, but the people were afraid when they saw him. So, after giving them the words he received from God, he would put a veil over his face until he went up the mountain again. It seems to me that in a way he was reflecting God’s glory. You can read about this in Exodus 34:29-35.
Another time, after his death, both Moses and Elijah were present at the transfiguration of Jesus. You an read the whole story in Mark 9.
Then he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come in power.”
After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves to be alone. He was transfigured in front of them,and his clothes became dazzling—extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.(Mark 9:1-4)
We may not be able to meet God on the mountain or suddenly appear with Jesus, but we, too, can reflect His glory. We don’t have to be hidden in a crevice in order to see God’s glory. In fact, creation reflects His glory every single day. Even the fact that day and night and seasons come regularly show us that God is glorious and mighty.
ARE YOU HIDDEN IN A CREVICE?
Sometimes we might feel like we are hidden in a crevice where no one can see. We might wonder how we could reflect God’s glory when we feel so small and helpless. Yet, we are created in His image, and as we use our talents to create, no matter how small, we can help others see His glory, too.
Maybe we have physical limitations that keep us at home. We can still reflect His glory by interceding for others in prayer. It is a gift that draws us closer to God and to the people for whom we pray.
As we spend time meditating in His word, praying and praising Him, our lives will reflect His glory. Others may notice and wonder how we can have joy even when circumstances shout otherwise. Then, as we share how God meets our needs and is always with us, we may help others see and reflect His glory, too.
Whether we are out in the open or hidden in a crevice, God sees us and knows us. He knows our inner thoughts and our fears. He will be with us no matter what our circumstances are. For that we can we thankful. So, wherever we are, let’s take time to pause and say a prayer of gratitude to God for all that we have in Him.
I’m linking up with: #Grace&Truth.