Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


July 21, 2009

I lived in a little town with a community siren. It spoke of a fire in the community, of tornadoes coming, that it was noon, and bedtime curfew. It was a siren of warning, and community.

 The Lord said to Moses: "Make two trumpets of hammered sliver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out. When both are sounded the whole community is to assemble...
-Numbers 10:1-3 TNIV

 Part of Moses' leadership of the people of God in the forty years in the wilderness was the making of a people, of shaping community. The silver trumpets were a tool, a tool of a bigger process--of making a people. Isolated, fractured people living every which way will struggle to be a people.

I ponder where is our trumpet today. What is our trumpet. Twitter? Facebook? Weather Alert Radio? Amber Alerts? Oh, we have much better technology than Moses, but the people of God were surrounded by nomadic tribes, and would be wandering nomads, disconnected people as well, unless a new strategy were employed. The trumpets summoned the people to God's presence, and forged the people of God. Our technology summons us to many purposes and gatherings, but if it is not primarily a call to Christ, it's just another blaring horn.

Dale Patterson