you stood in the shadow of the mountain
Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren.
That day when you stood before God, your God, at Horeb, God said to me, “Assemble the people in my presence to listen to my words so that they will learn to fear me in holy fear for as long as they live on the land, and then they will teach these same words to their children.” You gathered. You stood in the shadow of the mountain. The mountain was ablaze with fire, blazing high into the very heart of Heaven. You stood in deep darkness and thick clouds. God spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but you saw nothing—no form, only a voice. He announced his covenant, the Ten Words, by which he commanded you to live. Then he wrote them down on two slabs of stone.
Deuteronomy 4.9-13 | MSG
Blazing fire, deep darkness, thick clouds.
No wonder we avoid the past.
Yet this was the context of their ultimate divine encounter with a formless, invisible God who speaks out of the whirlwind. How marvelous that we know the One who not only stills storms, but also speaks right out of the heart of them to our hearts.
Very good, that.
And worthy of inscribing on a slab of stone or two. But paper will do for us right now.
God gave them Ten Words. As you contemplate your journey, just pause and listen for one.
It might be a single word, it might be a sentence or even a paragraph.
Or it might just be the voice of a thin silence.
Or even a picture.
And then inscribe it on your own slab of stone.
The past. What do you see? Blazing fire, deep darkness, thick clouds – or high peaks, grace vistas, unfolding wonders? Remember. Listen. Inscribe.
God of all my yesterdays, God of today, God of all tomorrows, release my spirit to dance along the traces of your steps in my life, or to pause and fill those footprints with my tears. And give me ears to hear your voice in the whirlwind of my life today. Through Christ.