Sometimes I feel like I have a little PR person in my conscience that is constantly asking how what I say or do will appear to others. When I’m shopping for clothes, the little PR person has me wondering if the clothing under consideration will help me blend in—or maybe even impress others. In major meetings, the little PR person has me weighing every word so that when I offer a comment, I appear sharp and “with it.” When I bump into someone on the street, the little PR person reminds me to be upbeat and affable, even if I’m in a funk. Wouldn’t want anyone thinking their pastor isn’t doing well!
We all have a little internal PR person who helps us guard our image. To a certain degree, I guess it can be healthy in that it helps us measure what we say or do. But if there no space or place in which we can give the little PR person a day off, the pressure to keep up appearances is unhealthy and overwhelming.
On Sunday we examined Moses’ place to be unguarded. It was in his time with God. While the practice of the day was for priests to cover their faces when encountering the divine, in Exodus 34 we find that Moses did exactly the opposite. He removed his veil when with God. It was almost as if Moses was saying to us, any place we meet God is a safe place to be ourselves. When we reveal our strengths and frailties, we can be confident that we are met by One who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6).
This week in your prayer and worship, give your little PR person the day off and discover what it’s like to be unguarded with God. Only then do we know what it is like to be embraced by grace.