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)
Stop And Take Notice
Are you watching intently? Are you waiting patiently? Are you looking expectantly? Will you stop and take notice? Will you go over to see what I want to show you? Your questions are rocking my world. You have definitely gotten my attention. How so? I’m wondering if I have been too busy. Have I been unaware? Have I been so consumed by the tasks at hand that I have not been watching and waiting and expectantly looking for your activity in the world around me? Have I been self-absorbed? Have I not been looking up or around to see what you wanted to show me? Have I not been listening? If I need to ask these questions, then the answers are obvious. Help me Lord, to see what you want me to see. Help me Lord, to hear what you want me to hear. Help me Lord, to do what you want me to do. Those are all good prayers.
How will be ready to watch intently and wait patiently and looking expectantly for my activity in the world all around you? How will you hear what I want you to hear? How will you see what I want you to see? How you know to go where I send you? How will know to do what I ask of you? You’re asking me those questions? Yes, I am. Those are questions that I want to ask you. Without your help, I will not see. Without your help, I will not hear. Without your help, I will not know where to go or what to do for you. That’s true. So, I will hear and see because I will come to rely on you. So, I will know where to go and what to do because I will wait for your instructions and follow your guidance. I will rely on you to make me able to go and do all that you ask of me. I will not run ahead. I will not lag behind. I will not turn to the right or to the left. I will follow you. That is how I will hear and see all that you want to show me. That is how you will make me able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That’s right. Will you rely on my help? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I will not be distracted. I will not be preoccupied. I will not be unaware. I will be looking and watching and waiting expectantly to see your activity. I will stop what I’m doing. I will go over to see whatever you want to show me. I will listen attentively to you. Amen
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