[God told Moses] “You may not see my face. No one can see me and live.” Exodus 33:20
God promised to be with the Israelites throughout the journey to the Promised Land. However, in Exodus 33, God is fed up and tells Moses, “I will not go up among you, or I would consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” (vs. 33:13) He offered to send an angel to represent God’s presence. However, Moses argued with God–a bit like any weary couple after days into a long journey–and God relented.
My husband, Glen, and I travel well together… usually. I believe I am a better navigator. Glen believes in, “It’s my way or the highway.” Lately, we’ve escaped a few arguments by relying on a talking map (a GPS) to get us to our destination.
A few years ago while on a motor home trip to California, the navigator of our talking map directed us to a shortcut and turned us off onto a dirt road. With no idea how many miles of dirt we’d be facing, we chose to turn around. Biting our tongues to not place blame for the incident, we unhitched the car from the dolly, backed the car off, unhooked the dolly, and turned the coach around. Fifteen minutes later we had the rig together and pulled out a dog-eared U.S. Atlas to continue the journey.
God is the G in the GPS–Global Positioning System. Even though we cannot see God’s face, God travels in front of us, to our sides, and has our backs. And, best of all, God resides in the heart and teaches us what is important on our faith journey.
Dear Lord, position us to seek your guidance first. Amen.