My 19-month old grandson has made it clear he doesn’t like to Face Time. In our most recent Face Time events, Walker decides to end our time together with an exclamatory, “Push”, followed by a kiss, and then the line is dead. “Push”, meaning, “Hey mom, if you’re not gonna push that big red button in the center, I am.” It’s not that he doesn’t love us, or want to see us. He’s just “over” this technological phenomena, and more into the car or dinosaur he was playing with prior to the call
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “She’s gonna go off on this Face Time thing with God, and church, and all that.” You are ABSOLUTELY right! God wants some Face Time with us, with me, with you, with your church. A lot of times, we show up for prayer time, or our quiet time in the morning, or we show up at church, and we go through all the motions, do all the right things, say all the right words, and when we’re done; we push that red “end” button, and we’re out. We go back to our regularly scheduled lives, already in progress.
So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. (Exodus 33:11) Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. (Exodus 34:29) Talk about Face Time! Moses had the ultimate Face Time experience. God didn’t say, “push”, kiss Moses, and hang up. Moses spent forty days in the Divine presence of God.
Scripture tells us that, in a village called Emmaus, a very long time ago, a couple of guys sat down to eat with a stranger they crossed paths with on the road. When He broke the bread and shared the cup with them, their eyes were opened and they recognized him to be the Risen Lord: and He vanished out of their sight. Face Time. (Luke 24:13-35)
As the woman at the well encountered Jesus, she immediately understood her life was different and no longer her own. We don’t know her name or age, but we know she was thirsty for truth. Jesus told her “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again” (John 4:13). Then Jesus made us all a promise: “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst” (John 4:14). In one sentence he went from everyday life to life everlasting. That was Face Time.
Jacob limped away after his Face Time encounter with God, and with a new name, Israel. (Genesis 32:22-32)
Our face-to-face with God may not leave us with the Shekinah glory that Moses was left with, and maybe not even a limp. We have been given a tool that Moses and Jacob did not have – the Bible. We have knowledge of the love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God. We can read stories of others that had Face Time with Him and how they were transformed. We can get a picture of what God requires of us. We can get to know Him as well as Moses knew Him.
This Face Time is more than just reading about Him. We can also talk to Him in prayer. The more we pray, the more we hear and understand Him. We can sing praises and give thanks to Him. God likes to be acknowledged for what He has done in our lives.
Let’s get connected. No iPhone, webcam, or WiFi needed.
And…I’ll see YOU next time, Walker!