I live in the very small town where I was born and raised. I only live about one and a half miles from my childhood home and about two miles from where my parents live now. We see one another on a regular basis and attend the same church. They are very involved in the lives of my children and for that I am thankful. No matter how often I see them, I still feel happy or excited to run into them unexpectedly.
I run most mornings around my little town long before my family is awake. My dad still eats breakfast at the little diner in our town every morning. Sometimes I run past the diner and see him in the window and I wave and on very cold mornings, I stop and we talk and he offers to give me a ride home. This past week, I was running into town from my neighborhood and my dad was on his way to work. I saw his car coming and I waved hoping he would recognize me. When he put his hand up I smiled and I think I even ran a little faster after that - because just seeing my dad made me feel like I could do most anything. He didn't have to say anything but knowing he was there and that he saw me was enough.
Moses had a lot of one on one time with God the Father. He encountered God first as the burning bush and then spend much time with the Lord on Mt. Sinai. Exodus 33:11 says, "Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend." Moses needed the Lord and to be with Him regularly. He had quite a task of leading thousands of God's people and it wasn't easy. There was constant complaint and the people of God strayed from the Lord on many occasion. I imagine it was exhausting. Sometimes I feel as if my little family is wandering around and I am managing the grumbling and murmuring like Moses.
At the end of Exodus 33, Moses pleads with God to please see His glory...or God's actual visage. Even though Moses talked and communed with God regularly in His presence, Moses wanted more. Because seeing Him and knowing more Him would give Him all the more security and encouragement that he needed. The Lord responded to Moses saying, "Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.” No one could survive the glory of the Lord's presence without God's shielding them, but God gave Moses a glimpse of Him even if from behind. I can't even imagine how awe inspiring and breath-taking that must have been. Moses must have treasured that moment all the days of his life.
I'm thankful I don't have to beg for a glimpse of my earthly father. Many of my friends have already lost their dads or did not have a good relationship with them. My dad and I are good friends and we can talk about anything. I always leave my dad's presence with the confidence of his love and favor.
No matter your relationship with your earthly father, you have a heavenly father who loves you with an everlasting love and who longs for you to know Him more. He draws close to those who draw close to Him. (Psalm 145:18) Because Jesus opened the door to an eternal friendship with the Lord, we can be confident and secure in the presence of the Holy One.