As we age we try to cover up the fading of our "glory days". We dress it up, make it up, cover it up - we go to great lengths sometimes to appear the same as we did years ago. We look back at pictures of our youth and wonder how our prime appearance faded so quickly. These physical vehicles are not built to get younger and younger. However, what is within has the capacity to be renewed daily. We are able to go from glory to glory, from strength to strength.
There is a Scripture/story that has crossed my path a couple of times recently, and I long to expand my current knowledge of it. There's just something about Moses and the covering of his face that intrigues me.
This man had been on a mountain, spending time with the Almighty God. When he came down, the people saw a radiance on his face showing evidence of his nearness to the Lord - to the point that Moses used a veil to cover it. Why did he cover it? I used to just think that it was because it was so bright, and maybe he felt the people couldn't handle it. While this is partially true based on Scripture, Paul's reference to the occasion many years later speaks of an additional reason:
"We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away."
As I read this, it suggests to me that Moses did not want the people to see the radiance fade from his face, as it would inevitably do until he was before the Lord again. If we haven't been near the Lord for a while, do we attempt to hide so that no one can see that we aren't on the mountain anymore?
I recognize that reaching back for the physical mountain peaks of my life may be an exercise in futility. Moreover, I acknowledge that there are countless spiritual peaks that I have yet to reach. That is the radiance that I don't want to let fade. I want to walk with an unveiled face, glowing with the Light of His Presence in a way that doesn't have to grow dim.
Father, I don't want to hide so that others cannot tell if I'm as close to You as I once was. I want to draw closer everyday, and allow Your radiance to shine more and more brightly through me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 3:7-18