You could always tell when Moses had entered the Lord’s presence. He glowed! I’ve been thinking about things that glow. Australian glow-worms, lightning bugs, necklaces and bracelets bought at concerts, the car dashboard at night, the microwave as it flashes 12:00 after a power outage, the alarm clock ticking away until it’s time to rise. None of these reflect an encounter with God.
Or do they? What if we re-frame the way we look at the world? A world so amazing that in the dark and damp of Australia, a worm that glowed evolved; where lightning bugs reminded us of a childhood spent chasing insects, catching tadpoles, skipping rocks and eating PB&J on toast; where music and dancing could be accentuated with the rhythmic twirling of a bright pink glowing stick; where the dashboard of a car at night means adventure; where a majestic lightning strike could reset our electronics (reminding us that we are not in charge); and how lucky we are to have a reason to wake to the awful sound the alarm clock makes in the morning.
There are things around us glowing all the time, reminding us of the presence of God at work in our lives. Perhaps these glowing reminders will inspire us to reflect God’s radiance in the way that Moses did.
Help us, God, to find you in all the unusual places that glow. Amen. — SNN