“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.’”

– Exodus 3:1-3

Yesterday, we established that there are blessings in the wilderness as we looked at the manner in which Moses settled down and embraced his life as a foreigner in Midian. Today, I want to expound on the gift that ultimately moved this man out of his fugitive life and toward the Promised Land — a patient curiosity

Years after starting his family and working as a shepherd for his father-in-law, Moses decided to ascend Mt. Horeb one day. Fascinatingly, Mt. Horeb is another name for Mt. Sinai, where he would later receive the Ten Commandments, so his decision to go there actually foreshadowed what God was going to call him to do in the future. Anyway, on this particular day, as he was walking up the mountain, he noticed a burning bush. Now, seeing a burning bush in this environment was really no big deal since it was the desert and plants probably caught fire frequently. What is interesting, however, is that Moses got near it and took the time to watch it burn. Though we may think that a plant is consumed by fire instantly, the truth is that it takes awhile for it to be destroyed; in fact, it may take 10 or 15 minutes before it is completely devoured. So why did Moses stop and pay attention? If this was a common sight in his environment, what made him wonder if this burning bush was different? Perhaps it’s because he wasn’t rushing from one thing to the next. Jewish Rabbi’s love to say that his curiosity is proof that God looks for someone who pays attention, but I say He looks for someone who is not in a hurry!

Friend, one of the greatest gifts the Lord gives you in this life is the ability to pay attention and be curious. Instead of rushing through your daily routine and seeing how much time you can save by living in the fast lane, try slowing down and tuning into your surroundings. The Lord’s presence is in the present, and if you are paying attention, He will speak to you! Jesus’ voice is never silent, and He wants nothing more than to move you into your next season, but you must be attentive to His call. Dare to get closer and fix your eyes on the burning bush, for you never know when Yahweh will turn the ordinary into something extraordinary! 


Thank you, Jesus, for speaking to me through the circumstances of my life, if only I will stop to listen. Teach me to discern your voice in the ordinary and the extraordinary.


When is the last time you purposefully slowed down your pace and tuned into your surroundings? How did God speak to you there?

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