September 27 Reflections

There is a story that comes out of Native American Folklore and culture. For a young boy of 12 to reach manhood he needed to spend one night in the forest by himself. Then he was to return in the morning to a ceremony celebrating manhood. He took off into the woods around sundown. He was scared and frightened, every little sound was magnified by the quiet of the night. Every animal sound was as if they had a megaphone blasting into the night. He wasn’t able to sleep much…he was constantly hearing noises being sure that a bear was going to come and attack, leaving him for dead. He felt so alone.

In the morning when the sun began to create a faint light, he noticed that not far away was his dad. His dad had been there all night to protect. In the midst of all the noises and scary moments, his dad, though hidden, had been right there. If he had known his dad was there, he could have rested through the night. Moses questioned God about who was going to go with him as he led the people to the promised land. God told Moses, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. “ (Exodus 33:14) In other words my personal, Spiritual presence will go with you so you do not need to strive to accomplish you can rest in me as you keep moving. I will lead, guide, and protect.

There are many times I think it would be great if I could literally have Jesus walking with me each day. Flesh and blood Jesus, not only the spiritual presence through the Holy Spirit. Especially in the difficult times where I could ask him a question; I could hear his voice. I could feel the touch of his hand. I could look into his eyes. But instead I am being asked to trust in his spiritual presence and that he is always with me and that is enough. When Thomas was invited to reach out his fingers and touch the wounds of Jesus; Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

We are going to think about our desire to see God this coming Sunday as we hear Moses, cry out to God, “show me your glory.” Some passages to read and reflect upon: Exodus 33:12-23; 2 Corinthians 4:5-6; Numbers 6:24-26; 1 Corinthians 13:12.

Grace upon Grace,

Pastor Verlyn