DAY SIXTEEN BURNING BUSHES AND MOUNTAIN MOMENTS
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 wilderness 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.” 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.”
If you’ve ever found yourself at the foot of a mountain on an autumn morning, you’ve experienced the power of God’s handiwork. Watching the sunrise dance across a canopy of multi-colored leaves is so spectacular it’s hard to describe. God moments like this are defining and refining. God uses the power of these moments to change us. Time after time when we recall them they reignite our zeal for Him. Sometimes God uses encounters like this to call His people to their destiny. In the story of Moses, God used the “flames of fire” from within a bush. At that moment God began to refine and define the leader Moses would eventually become. God might not send us a burning bush, but what if during those times in our lives when we find ourselves wandering in our own wilderness, we paused and asked God to change our perspective. What if we remembered those times He showed us His glory on a starry night. Or, what if tonight we stopped and quietly watched the sunset over our own backyards. Wherever we find ourselves, God’s greatness is always on display, and in God’s hands, even the ordinary can become a life-changing burning bush or mountain moment.
Heavenly Father, help us today to allow the beauty of your creation all around us to ignite our passion for you. Use it to refine your purpose and destiny for our lives. More than anything we are seeking you, and as we travel through this season of prayer together as a church family, we are longing for you to deepen our love for you and your people.