Shining Face | Devotion 5: Convergence of Appearance
Have you ever been to a shopping mall or walking a busy city street and encounter an elderly couple wearing matching shirts? Probably your first thought is, “Oh, how cute! That couple is adorable!” Then you realize that their mannerisms are eerily similar, and upon the further study, you notice that even their facial features resemble each other. Suddenly, this couple is no longer cute; they are creepy! So, you shake off this encounter, and then it happens again. You spot another couple with matching shirts, like mannerisms, and yes, they even look alike! Fortunately, there is nothing of which to be afraid. Apparently, science has labeled this phenomenon “convergence of appearance.” Studies show that the longer couples are together, the more likely they are to resemble each other. Really, it is true, I think? You should Google it.
Genesis 34:29-35 informs us that Moses, with the second set of the tablets of the Testimony in hand, came down from the mountain once again to read the Law of God to the people. Unknown to Moses, however, was that the glory of the Lord was upon his face as he began to talk with the people. When the people saw the glory of the Lord on Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near. Now every time the children of Israel saw the face of Moses shining with the glory of the Lord, Moses would cover his face with a veil until he would once again return and speak with the Lord.
I admit that I know very little about the subject of “convergence of appearance,” but I could not help but think about this phenomenon as I was reading about Moses’ forty days and forty nights on the mountain with God. Much like the couples who look and act like one another; Moses’ time with God left him mirroring the glory of God. Nevertheless, because of the Law’s inability to give full access to God, Moses placed a veil over his face symbolizing restricted access. Full access and full glory would be future events brought about by Jesus’ work on the cross represented by the tearing of the veil at His crucifixion (Mark 15:51-54).
The Apostle Paul eludes to this event in Exodus to help us understand the full access we have to God and the transformation that occurs when someone puts their faith and trust in Jesus, “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:16–18 NKJV).
The way I see it, it is all about “convergence of appearance.” The more time I spend with the resurrected Lord, the more I become transformed into His image. The greater the time with the Lord, the more I look and act like Him! However, notice it is not overnight. It is from glory to glory. Being transformed is a process!
So, with whom are you spending most of your time?
Chances are you look just like them.