MEETING WITH GOD

“And Moses went up the mountain to meet with God”.

Ex 19:3 GNB

The author of the “Narnia Chronicles”, C.S. Lewis, described how he met God. After debating within his own mind about the existence of God for some years, he described a bus ride. “I was going up Headington Hill on the top of a bus. Without words and, (I think) without images, a fact about myself was somehow presented to me. I became aware that I was holding something at bay, or shutting something out. Or, if you like, that I wearing some stiff clothing, like corsets, or even a suit of armour, as if I were a lobster. I felt myself there and then, given a free choice. I could open the door or keep it shut; I could unbuckle the armour or keep it on”. Later, alone in his college room, “I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England” (C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy, p211, 215). You can meet with God anywhere. For Moses it was first at a burning bush, then up Mount Sinai. For Lewis it was in a bus and a student’s room. For the apostle Paul it was on the road to Damascus.

Be open to meeting with God at any time or in any place – in your home, bedroom or lounge, whilst at worship, or by a quiet river – or yes, whilst on a mountain top. God is not choosy. For Moses it led to his receiving of the “words” of God in the Ten Commandments. For you it could be a new beginning, or a deepened walk with Christ, or a new call to service.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, keep me ever open to your presence and your call.