More than once I have stood in my kitchen with my hand over my heart promising my family that I will never open my door to a stranger when I am alone. All that changed yesterday afternoon when I heard a loud knock coming from my back deck. There stood a large delivery man dressed in uniform, his face covered with a veil, dark sunglasses and a hat. He was fully clothed in tan, wearing gloves and waving his hand-held computer and pen at me through the glass window telling me I needed to sign for the package he delivered to my doorstep. That package was the size of the one I was expecting and the rest of the clues proved safe: The UPS insignia on his shirt and the UPS brown truck in my driveway. He removed his veil and glasses and with kind eyes and a playful smile promised he wasn’t there to rob me. I told him he scared me with his masked get up. He apologized saying, “Your dirt road is mighty dusty; give me a break!” He’s right. Our country road, in the process of being resurfaced, is so grubby I can write this post in the dust on my desk.
Do veiled men scare you?
I’ve been reading about another masked messenger who instilled fear into the people with his veil. I found Exodus 34 compelling. I pictured myself as a woman in the camp watching Moses climb the mountain. Scripture revealed he could not even let the flocks or herds graze nearby when he climbed up to meet with God one-on-one. Alone he visited with the Lord and the glory of God’s presence was so powerful, he had to cover his face with a veil when he returned to the camp. His radiant expression instilled fear into the hearts of the campers. He carried stone tablets, The Law.
I cross referenced that chapter with 2 Corinthians 3: 7-18.
16-18 Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.
I was raised in religion, brought up in fear with strict laws. But then I met Jesus! Grace replaced fear. Each day I have that opportunity to look into His face allowing mine to shine more brightly. Oh, to be radiant with His presence. Of course I want to do that! It’s the ultimate make over!
Ephesians 3:12: Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence.
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