Face Time with God – Pt. 2, Showing Up
Hello there. I’ve been waiting for you to join me. By the way, what were you doing before this moment? Were you tending sheep on the far side of a desert? Probably not, but I’ll bet you have plenty of things you could be doing right now. Yet, you showed up!
So here we are—you and I—and God. How do we know God is here? Because, our ever-present God is always available, whether we show up or not. But for us, face time with God requires a conscious effort. No, we don’t have to dress up but we do have to show up. However, in order for us to show up, God must first get our attention.
The Bible says the Lord spoke face to face with Moses, as a man speaks with his friends. (Ex. 33:11) But I’m getting ahead of the story. God’s face time with Moses didn’t start out friend to friend. It didn’t even start with Moses; it began with God. For the details, read Exodus 3:1-14.
By the way, guess what Moses was doing when God spoke to him. That’s right! Tending sheep on the far side of the desert. I wonder what he was thinking about. Perhaps the weather or when he could head home for dinner. More than likely, he was not thinking about God’s plan for his life.
Perhaps that’s why God used a burning bush to get Moses’ attention. What kind of things does God use to get your attention? Perhaps not burning bushes, but He does use burning hearts.
After Jesus was crucified, two of His followers were walking on the road to Emmaus. They were deep in conversation about Jesus’ crucifixion. When the resurrected Christ joined them, they didn’t recognize Him. But they did listen as He walked with them and explained the Scriptures concerning Himself. Later, when they realized who He was, they marveled. “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:13-22
Ponder this thought. The less time we spend seeking God’s face, the colder our hearts grow toward Him. But the more time we spend with Him, the more our hearts burn to learn from Him.
Is your heart burning to walk and talk with God? Mine is. So, here we are, two burning hearts showing up for face time with God. But first, introductions are in order. Next week, our traveling companion will introduce Himself to us the way He did to Moses, to Isaiah the prophet and to the apostle Peter.
It’s a good way to start, don’t you think? I’ll show up if you will!