“And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush … And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight …” (Exodus 3:2-3).
After nearly forty years of serving as a humble shepherd in the wilderness the life of Moses was changed in a moment’s time. The “burning bush” experience in the wilderness changed Moses’ life forever. The direction of his life and his ultimate destiny were changed with one experience – at the burning bush. Moses didn’t just walk on by the burning bush. He stopped, turned around, looked, and listened.
And because he did so, his desires, direction, and destiny changed forever. And over one million people benefited because of it!
Our lives, whether we know it or not, are filled with “burning bush” experiences. These are moments when God uses someone or something to get our attention in order to get us to answer His call for our life. He often does it in an unfamiliar way and in unexpected places. For Moses it was a burning bush and the call was to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. For you and me, it may not be a bush engulfed in flames, but it will be a “burning bush” experience. For you and me, it won’t be to lead Jews out of Egypt, but you can rest assured it will be to lead someone out of some type of bondage, pain, or poverty.
If we aren’t careful, and if we aren’t expecting the Lord to speak to us in unfamiliar ways and unexpected places, we will find ourselves walking past countless burning bushes without noticing, and missing out on life-transforming experiences and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others!
Many have had “burning bush” experiences when visiting a Third World country, and yet, unlike Moses, they just walked on by and refused to listen to the Voice calling out to them. Others have had “burning bush” experiences when walking the streets amid pain and poverty, an yet, unlike Moses, they just walked on by and refused to listen to the Voice that called out to them.
The “burning bush” experiences are all different, the calls are often different, but the Voice is always the same. It is the Great I Am who calls out to His people for His purpose.
The question is, will we simply just walk on by?