"...I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen." Exodus 33:22-23
I have the privilege of the company of a lovely group of women every Wednesday evening for dinner and a Bible study in my home this summer. I adore them! Some are talented young business women, some are young mothers busy chasing little ones, and some of them (me included) are more "seasoned" having traveled a little longer down the life highway. We are all at different stages, but there is one thing we all have in common. We all have faced difficulties at one time or another. Quite frankly, if you're breathing you will have trials. That's a fact.
The study we are going through is focusing on the Old Testament tabernacle (picture Charlton Heston playing Moses in the Ten Commandments). There is a tender scene (not in the movie) in Exodus where Moses asks God to see His glory. This is no small request. Because of God's holiness no one can see His face or else they're toast. But God figures out a way to show Moses His glory by putting him into the cleft of a rock and covers him with His hand as He passes by, then removes it so Moses can see His back. I love the tenderness of this moment, a holy God making Himself known to a man desperate to see Him.
Am I desperate to see Him? Are you?
Sometimes we may not see God coming. We may not even see God. But the fact remains His presence is still there in the midst of our hardest trials. And somehow in the aftermath when it's all almost over we realize His presence was there all the time and we see His back.
Could it be that in the darkest times we've ever had in our life that He has covered us there with His hand? Must we think that the darkness has overtaken us or could it be that we are in the cleft of the rock and the reason we cannot momentarily see is because He has covered us with His hand.
We will see His face one day, but until then we will see His back.-s
Sloppy Joes with a Butternut Squash Coleslaw and a Honey Goat Cheese Dressing
- Olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 12 Hawaiian rolls
Butternut Squash Coleslaw
- 4 ounces fresh creamy goat cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
- 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
Set a heavy based pot over medium-high heat and add a 3-count of olive oil. Add onions and saute for 2 to 3 minutes until translucent. Add ground turkey, season well with salt and pepper and brown well all over, breaking it up with a wooden spoon-about 7 to 10 minutes. Add ketchup, mustard, cayenne, brown sugar and tomato paste. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Finish with a splash of red wine vinegar and taste for seasoning.
In a large mixing bowl, combine goat cheese, honey, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and season with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir well with a whisk until fully combined and creamy.
Remove the top narrow portion of the butternut squash and peel. Discard or use the bulb portion for something else. Using a mandoline or sharp knife cut the peeled cylinder into fine long matchsticks (julienne). This should yield about 4 cups. Fold into the cheese dressing along with the dried cranberries, walnuts and chopped parsley. Serve alongside or on top of the Sloppy Joes.
Recipe by Tyler Florence