I am intrigued by all the shiny people in our readings this week. I notice that there is a shine to those who have been in the presence of God. I also have notices that this kind of shining was a result of much time in prayer. I am fascintated by the fact that apparently Moses was not aware that he was shining. I wonder if he kinda knew it but was unsure that it was something that could be seen by others. Well, because we weren’t there, we don’t know what this really looked like. I wonder why then we don’t see such obviously shiny people today. Or do we?

When my grandma tells the story of the day my grandpa came home from a men’s meeting at which he had decided to follow Jesus, she didn’t recognize him when he walked in the door. She put it like this, “He was just different, so much so that I barely recognized him.” He said that he had been in the presence of God, so was he shining?

Anyway, apparently when believers spend time in the presence of God, a normal reaction is that they shine. If that is physiological or metaphorical, if you are aware of it or not – shining seems to represent God and be a good thing. “They were afraid” – this was a common reaction to the presence of God at that time – people took God a bit more seriously then – “they were glorious to see”.. While I hesitate to seem to compare my experience to Moses or Jesus, this is encouraging to me. It means to me that when I can’t tell the difference in me, if I am spending time in the presence of God, the “shine” will testify to power, the love, the biggness of my God. The shine will transform me and those who encounter it, that means it is the presence of God in me, not what I have or do not have to offer. I like that.

When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant,[a] he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord. 30 So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him. (Exodus 34:29-35)

Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. They were glorious to see. Luke 9:28-36

Father, as I go about my day to day. As I spend time in Your presence, would you shine so that I would be transformed. So that those I love, those I encounter would experience Your restoring power and also be transformed. Amen.