Burning bushes

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                     Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and 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. Then Moses said, "I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up."          — Exodus 3.1-3

How many bushes are aflame about us and we do not see? A human heart opening before us, a child with expectant eyes, a fleeting thought of joy rising beyond the wilderness of our minds, the look in the eyes of the mother of the starving child, pleading with us to enter this life we share, the clump of grass cemented in, undaunted, the angel appears in a flame of fire in the old guy on the bus whose life is afire with God though he does not know it.

Maybe God walks through our lives with matches. Or maybe in reaching out for us the Glorious One brushes up against things and they catch fire. Or maybe everything in this world comes from God and is an entrance to God and shines with God and sometimes we notice.

It's not just show, mere impressiveness. It's a question, an invitation, a reaching out.

How odd that we seek God's attention, yet never suspect Someone seeking ours, even now, as we ramble across the mountain of God without wonder leaving behind us bushes intact and a wake of smoke.

To avoid being lost, regard lightly where you think you must go. Repeat these directions in the wilderness: “I must turn aside and look.” Keep the eyes of your heart open, and it will seem that, even in the dark, things light up.

                    Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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