“There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.’ When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am.'” –Exodus 3:2-4 (NIV)
A friend and I decided to read through the whole Bible this year. We meet once a week and discuss what we read and what we personally are learning through it. We just keep each other accountable. A few weeks ago, we were discussing that week’s reading in Exodus, and my friend pointed out something that I had never thought of before. She was talking about the story of Moses in the desert when God spoke to him through the burning bush. You see, we tend to focus on many important parts of the story when we read it- Moses, God, holiness, or even obedience. My friend said that when she was reading it this time, however, it was the bush that caught her attention. As we discussed it, we realized that there were actually quite a lot of lessons we could learn from the bush. Who’d have thought? 😉
What was the bush’s part in this story? Not much, at first glance. It was simply there on fire for God…and God spoke through it.
Wait a second! Isn’t that what we are supposed to be? Simply on fire with God’s fire and available for God to speak through us? Who knew a bush could be such an example!
I got to thinking, though. The bush sure spent a lot of time (comparatively… for its life span, at least) sitting around on a mountain by itself, unnoticed and waiting. All it was supposed to do was grow slowly and simply just “be there.” I mean, the Bible says it was a ‘bush,’ not a seedling. So, I’m just assuming it was regular bush-sized. Have you ever hiked up a mountain? If you have, and you’re like me, while you may notice the occasional interesting plant or tree, you probably are more focused on the mountain itself: the views and the beauty. You’re not focusing on a random bush.
To me, this is just like us. God has us spend a lot of time in life waiting. Preparing. Unnoticed by the world. Guess what? That’s okay! God knows what He is doing! The question is, will you be ready when He lights you on fire and speaks through you? Will you be willing to let Him do that? Are you ready to be a burning bush? Are you ready to wait, but then to also come out of the waiting and allow His plans to unfold?
Your sister in Christ,