Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Face to Face

“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”  --Exodus 33:11a

Lexi can smell raccoons in the neighborhood, but she doesn’t expect to meet them face to face on our walk. One day a baby raccoon climbed up out of the storm drain while we were crossing a bridge over the drainage ditch. Lexi hesitated on the bridge, ears cocked, to watch this creature emerge from below. The baby raccoon scrambled right up the support beams and clung to the lower rails of the bridge. Lexi cautiously approached it. The baby raccoon confidently reached out and touched its nose to Lexi’s snout. It was a nose to nose encounter. This startled Lexi so much that she shied away. Suddenly afraid, the baby raccoon scurried back into its retreat. It was an exciting morning for both of them. We believe in God, but we don’t necessarily expect to meet him face to face when we walk in faith. We attest that God or the Holy Spirit surrounds us and dwells within us, but we don’t imagine standing nose to nose. Would we shy away? Would we retreat? What if we walked in faith every day expecting to see God face to face? I bet we would.

Dear God, Bless me to see you face to face when I walk in faith. Amen

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