“On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled.” - Exodus 19:16
If you knew God would answer anything you asked, what do you most long to know or experience?
God is about to do a great thing in your life. But before that, the path forward may seem hidden, as if in a thick cloud, covering everything. Peering out into opaque light may seem daunting. Yet, if you’ve ever walked the coast in morning fog, you know that your senses sharpen, focused on putting one foot in front of the other until you once again experience the light.
God hauled Moses up the mountain, awestruck and listening. And then God spoke, guiding a people from the hard road of slavery to the path of freedom. Through the ten commandments, God then promised a life and a future that would set them forever free.
But before that, there was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud on the mountain, noise so loud the very ground shook. God needed to get Moses’ attention. Before God re-sets the compass and re-orients our feet, God has to get our attention, too. This is hard. We think we know stuff. We stride out confident, swift and sure. And then, we may catch a toe on some unfamiliar terrain and realize that we have stumbled and lost our way.
When lost, it sometimes helps to stop what we’re doing. We utter a simple prayer, “God help.” We wait. Then when we’re awestruck and listening, God speaks.
Prayer: God of shadow and light, thank you for meeting us at the point of our deepest concern. Increase our wavering trust and Illumine the hidden path, as we fix our eyes upon you and keep walking. Amen.
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you,
Dr. Anna V. Copeland