Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 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.” Exodus 3:1-3 (NIV)
I’m too busy. My life is filled with frantic activity. I am rushing from one thing to another. I am out of breath. I am weary. I am worn out. I am discouraged and depressed. I am bouncing from one meaningless thing to another. What a crooked path I have walked. This is no way to live. I have no priorities. I have no plan. My life consists of checking off boxes on a never ending to do list. What a mess. Would I ever be able to hear you if you wanted to say something to me? Would I ever be able to see something that you wanted to show me? Is that a question? Yes, that is my question. You tell me. I doubt it. Me too.
You want to lead a different kind of life, I can see that. I can see your sighing. I can hear your groaning. It’s like you are running a treadmill that is going nowhere, without any end in sight. You want to hear from me. You want to see my activity. You want to live in an intimate relationship with me. You want your life to be guided and directed by me. You want to go where I guide you. You want to do what I ask of you. You want to stop walking a crooked path. You want your life to have meaning and purpose and direction. You want to live the life that I have called you to live. You want to live a life that is pleasing to me. Is that right? Yes, you have expressed exactly what I need and want. I want to know you. I want to live out your purposes and plan for my life. That’s good.
It’s time to stop running. It’s time to start listening. It’s time to focus your heart and mind and life on me. How can I begin to do that? You need turn aside from the noise and busyness of life. You need to go over to see what I want to show you. You need to go over to hear what I want to say to you. Go over? What does that mean? Where will I go? That is up to you. Set aside a special time and sacred place to meet with me. Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. Listen to me and I will speak to you. Focus your heart and mind and life on me and I will show you all that I want you to see. Do you understand? Yes, you want me to leave the noise and busyness of my daily life by going over to meet with you at our special time and place. That’s right. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I have allowed my life to become far too busy. I’m sure that I have raced right by what you wanted me to see. I have not heard you above the noise of my busy life. Help me to slow down to see your activity. Help me to be quiet so that I can hear from you. Amen
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