It's really not much of a stretch, then, to realize that we often see God in such monolithic terms. He's the Creator and the Judge. Okay, got it. Now I understand God.
But, there are three little words in Deuteronomy 34:6 that arrest me. It's like finding God in the grocery store. Except, it's not even so casual everybody-must- do-it circumstance.
In Deuteronomy 34:6, we find God burying His friend.
We could easily read over it without really seeing it. Obviously, Moses died and his remains must have been dealt with honorably: not left to feed the scavengers. But, the Text is so very specific: "He buried him."
I imagine, the Great I AM, the Ruler of the Universe who spoke heaven and earth in existence, taking a deep, sober breath, rolling up His sleeves, and lifting the lifeless body of Moses with the deepest compassion. He laid the corpse of His friend in the tomb as gently and softly as a father would his sleeping infant, and cared for the remains with such meticulous honor as one would care for their only love. Three words and we get a glimpse of the Holy One in a way that we never could otherwise imagine.
He could have spoken and translated Moses into new life without ever having tasted death. He could have commanded the angels, or any of His creation for that matter, to take Moses' body to its final resting place. He could have caused the earth, itself, to erect a tomb around the remains. But, no. This was a quiet, intimate, time of love that God did not delegate to anyone else. He buried him, Himself, without anyone else.
This completely changes the way that I have to see God. He is not just a General, just a King, just a Master. He is the deepest most personal friend. He is there in the time when no one else can be there, lowering Himself to the lowliest occupation (if necessary) to be exactly what I need Him to be in that moment.
We think of our Lord in such wondrous grandeur. And, it's good to recognize that all the beauty of creation is there because He wanted to create, for us, a beautiful world. We acknowledge that kings reign and nations fall at His Word. We confess that life and death are in His hands and the tides roll in, only according to His will. But, in all that, we forget how closely He walks with me, with each one of us personally. That, when I cut my finger, He felt the pain. And when I need a ray of hope, He is not too busy with the cosmos to meet my need.
Now, we don't necessarily have that amazing personal relationship with God that Moses had. Few people (if any) can be said to have spoken to God "panym veh panym" (face to face). But, that's not because God is too busy for us, or because He is not able. If He is such a God that will take every moment necessary to care for the body of His friend that He (of all people) is nothing more than a lifeless husk, how much more will He focus His sovereign Presence upon you, in the day that you are willing to walk with Him as friend.