Thursday, December 30, 2010

Burning Bushes to Be Seen

"Now Mosheh {Moses} kept the flock
of Jethro his father in law,
the priest of Midian:
and he led the flock to the backside of the desert,
and came to the mountain of Elohim, even to Horeb.
And the angel of YHVH {the LORD} appeared unto him
in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush:
and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire,
and the bush was not consumed.
And Mosheh {Moses} said, I will now turn aside,
and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt."
Exodus 3:2-3

Moses was going about his daily duties
of tending to the flocks when he noticed something...
a burning bush.
He could have rationalized it away,
he could have claimed he was too busy to investigate,
and he could have continued about with his day.

He didn't, though.
Instead, he stopped what he was doing
and decided to turn aside to find out more.

It wasn't until he made that choice
that YHVH called to him.

"And when YHVH saw that he turned aside to see,
Elohim called unto him out of the midst of the bush..."
(verse 4)

Do we notice the burning bushes throughout our day?

There are many ways that YHVH seeks us
to turn aside from our daily routine to listen to Him.
Sometimes we can become so busy
that we miss Him and what He wants to say to us.

May we not get caught up in daily life, so much so,
that we miss the opportunities He sets before us...
so busy that our intentions never come to fruition.
May we never be too busy for Him.
May we turn aside from the rhythm of 'dailyness'
to listen and learn of Him...
to study, to pray, to do good, to serve

Sometimes those burning bushes are not obvious,
sometimes they are subtle.
May we pay attention and not miss those moments,
missing the blessings that He has for us through them.

May we look for the burning bushes
along the pathway of our daily lives.

"... Elohim called unto him out of
the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.
And he {Moses} said, Here am I." (v.4)

Here am I, Father...

ready to listen,
ready to respond,
ready to obey

{Here I am}

some commentary courtesy of First Fruits of Zion


Lisa in Texas = ) said...

What a great post. This is something that I want to work on this coming year - and through out my life.
May God bless you,
Lisa :o)

Becky said...

We covered the burning bush last term in a class I am doing with our pastor. The neat thing is that in the middle east, it is not uncommon to see bushes, trees and shrubs suddenly burst into flames due to the intense heat. A burning bush wa......s a normal everyday occurrence for Moses. The thing about this bush, that Moses noticed, was that it was not burning up. That piqued his curiosity to check it out. And the rest, as so aptly put in your post, is the lesson to us. What may at first appear as a normal everyday thing may not be if we take the time to look at it closely.

Valerie - The Bishop's Wife said...

Very good thought about the burning bush!

Why do you intermingle Hebrew with English? Forgive me if you've explained this in the past and I missed it.

rjcmj said...

This is so beautiful Christina and so thoughtful! We get so busy in our lives, we forget to stop- "be still and know Adonai is Adonai." We definitely need reminders to answer "here I am".

HsKubes said...

Lisa ~ yes... it's something I need to work on, too. :)

Becky ~ Thank you so much for sharing that. Very interesting! :) May we not overlook those seemingly "normal" burning bushes throughout our day.

Valerie ~ I simply like to use their Hebrew names. :)

Joycelyn ~ Yes, we do get so busy. May we remember, as you said, to just be still. :)


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