Coming Down From the Mountain

Exodus 34:29 It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai, that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his [God’s] speaking with Him.

When we have been on the Mountain with God coming down from the mountain is a challenge for both us and those we come in contact with at the bottom.

It is a challenge for us because our hearts have been changed. We have been with God. We have seen Him as He is, we have come to understand Him in new ways and evaluated our lives accordingly.  We have also encountered new truth, been given space to be moved by the spirit and have come to new resolutions. In short, our faith has been renewed and we have repented of the frivolous things in our lives. These moments are powerful as all encounters with God should be.

But the days right after can be disorienting because we are adjusting to life as changed people. Like people leaving the hospital after surgery, there is an acclimation period. Things have been fixed but I am not yet comfortable with the changes. The ride home is an exercise in what-ifs. When this happens next time, what am I going to do? When I wake up in the morning how is my day going to look different? We have to decide these things.

What about when people encounter you for the first time that were not on the mountain with you? How are they going to understand what happened? How am I supposed to treat them? What am I supposed to tell them? This too is a challenge. When our heart has been changed it is one of the first things that people notice. We all have kind of a goofy grin when we are in the midst of joy. We are overwhelmed and content at the same time.

Being on the mountain with God is an awesome exercise of His grace that we should be exceptionally thankful for and encouraged by. The first day down the mountain should be exploratory. How am I to abide with Him in the everyday? How do I use the resources at my disposal to both stay close and to be available for others? When we encounter our friends in our day to day after such an experience we need God’s grace to be bold but not overwhelm them with life on the mountain. But the reason He meets us there and changes us there is so that we are more equipped and encouraged to both show and tell the magnificent brilliance of our Father in Heaven who shows us Himself up there and walks with us down here.

Rob Nicholes
Rob Nicholes