A few years ago I spoke for a Garden Party– Women’s Kickoff dinner and I ended up finding God in a burning bush! Just moments before the guests started pouring into the banquet hall, low and behold their Garden Party was interrupted by of all things: a ‘burning bush’! It was obviously not very pleasant for the event planners, as the beautiful dried floral hydrangea bush went up in flames. The harpist, with a sense of humor, commented she didn’t know the song, “When smoke gets in your eyes,” as the women rushed the flaming bush out the door. Others fanned the billowy clouds of smoke from the building doors, as the smoke alarm boomed an outlandish sound. Unfortunately, the candle that brought such a warm glow to the atmosphere also caused quite a disturbance by being placed too close for comfort.
I have pondered and reflected on this burning bush scenario. Today I would like to share some thoughts with you:
• Are we finding God in the midst of our circumstances? Does He sometimes make us uncomfortable? And is that necessarily a bad thing, to be convicted? Is our comfort His highest goal, or our character for His glory and our relationship for His love?
• Do we notice things like a burning bush as God’s presence or only as a problem to be dealt with? If all things work to the good of those who love Him, couldn’t disturbances in our lives actually be proof of His presence drawing us nearer?
• The last thing I thought about was rather ironic. You see the theme of that event was “Fill my Bucket, Lord.” Don’t we all have buckets that need filled? And could it be that God sent us a message that night, that went something like this: “When the fire comes, and it will~make sure your bucket is filled with the Living Water, so you will be ready to be poured out where needed.” Ask yourself today if you can say, “It is well with my soul in the midst of the fire.” If so, you will discover that finding God in a burning bush is still possible.
God really did talk to Moses from a Burning Bush, watch this Biblical passage come to life below: