The Burning Bush

Most of the time in life we’re too much consumed by the present. And when we enjoy what we’re doing it’s difficult for anyone to get our attention. It’s like a teenager whose ears are plugged with ear buds enjoying her favorite music.

Such was the case of Moses in his father-in-law’s business. He was so engrossed with taking care of sheep and goats to the point that he forgot about God’s assignment for him for 40yrs. It took a burning bush to get his attention. Exodus 3:2-4 records:

The bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

The burning bush is God’s wake up call for us. I love C. S. Lewis description of it: “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Kevin Hart, a popular African American comedian, recently had a serious accident. That was his burning bush. He described the accident as a “message from God.” In his own words, Kevin explains: “Life is funny because some of the craziest things that happen to you end up being the things that you needed most.”

Kevin even became spiritual: “In this case, I feel that God told me to sit down. When you’re moving too fast and doing too much, sometimes you can’t see the things you’re meant to see. After my accident, I see things differently.” Wow!

But here’s my point: Must we have an accident like this before we slow down? Must we have a burning bush experience before we pay attention. This is because every time God is saying something to us. People around us are saying something. Even the media is telling us something, but we don’t give a “dime.”  We don’t care.  Then the inevitable happens and we’re now wondering where’s God when …

Friend, tomorrow is just another day. It will come and go and most likely you’ll still be here. Is there something you need to do right now? Go ahead and do it. Otherwise, very soon, you’ll have all the time but at a price.