One of my favorite verses in the Bible comes from the book of Exodus. To set the context, God has already approached Moses in the burning bush and sent him back to Egypt to lead the people from captivity into the desert where he will educate them about what it means for them to live in relationship with him.
Within their time in the desert, God invites Moses to meet with him on top of Mount Sinai, the same mountain God met Moses on a few chapters earlier to give him the Ten Commandments. In this instance, God gives Moses an interesting, incredibly powerful, command.
In Exodus 24:12, we read, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here…’”
Now, the most interesting part of this verse comes when it’s read in the Hebrew language, the original language of the Old Testament. In Hebrew, God’s command can be read as “Come up to me on the mountain and be there…”
Hold on, come up to me… and be where you are?
Doesn’t that sound redundant?
If Moses goes up the mountain to meet God, how can he be anywhere but on the mountain?
Unless, of course, it’s possible for us to be physically present in one place but not fully present in that same place.
In fact, I think it’s entirely possible we could be somewhere and mentally be in a completely different place… maybe in what we have coming later in the day or the week, maybe in what we left undone in the office at work, maybe in our cell phones.
I can usually tell I’m guilty of this when my kids have to keep repeating my name in order to get my attention. Anytime I realize my kids are repeating… and sometimes yelling… “dad! dad! dad!…” I take a moment to inventory if I wasn’t hearing them because mentally I’m somewhere else.
I want to dedicate myself to being present as often as I possibly can.
It’s my challenge to you that, as summer is beginning for most of us, you would be present where you are.
This is one of the reasons why I find the picture attached to this blog so compelling. There are dozens of people physically present, and one person in front who’s genuinely present and fully enjoying that moment.
You only have this one life to live, make sure you don’t miss living it because you’re constantly somewhere other than where you are.
My challenge to you this summer is, wherever you are, that you would be there.
Pastor of Transformation