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Your Own Burning Bush Moments

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Moses…came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. (Exodus 3:1-2)

Recently, I was on Study Leave, preparing the outlines for each Sunday worship service from the first week of January through the end of September. It is a week of, “Darn, what am I going to do for Easter, when it isn’t Christmas yet?” It was cold out today, which made it hard to get in a Holy Week – spring –  state of mind. But as I went through week after week of lectionary Scriptures, a number of themes jumped out to me. One special recurring theme was how getting away from people and going off by oneself is most often where God speaks.

Moses learned of his sacred calling alone on the mountain, at the burning bush. Jesus’s transfiguration account was on the mountaintop. It was there that Jesus heard God say, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.” Jesus regularly tried to get away and prayerfully commune with God. He, too, became frustrated when people would not leave him alone.

We all need some time alone with God. Jesus constantly had people to heal, sermons to preach, and questions to answer; but he also understood that time alone with God was a necessity. If Jesus needs to refill his soul, then what makes us think we can get by without it? Yet, this world of ours is loud and demanding. The demanding noise will take all of our time and our very lives, if we let it.

Today, stop the noise long enough to invite God into your morning. If you are reading this devotion, you are already trying to carve out a quiet moment with God. When you take time away with God, you are walking in the footsteps of Moses and Jesus. Like Moses and Jesus, God will respond to you as well. Now, if you wait around for a burning bush, you might get a little disappointed. But God will find a special way to speak words of motivation, compassion, and love. Trust God to make your quiet time alone with God the most important part of your day.