As we read about Moses' rise to leadership, the Biblical text tells us that Moses, while shepherding in the field, sees a bush burning but it is not consumed. One must ask the question, How long did he have to stare at the bush, to realize that? That's certainly not something that would have been obvious in just five or ten minutes. How might our lives be different if Moses had not noticed? Would God have tried again to contact Moses or would God have recognized that Moses was not the right man and looked elsewhere to find leadership?
If the story of Exodus applies to each of us, perhaps God is communicating with us, but if we cant see the clues, we can miss the communication. Perhaps our own cultures adage, "when opportunity knocks, listen!" derives from this.
I can't tell you how many times Ive had what I thought was a great idea and because I was too buy to write it down, the idea went away; I forgot it. I like to think that these ideas are communications from God and represent life's opportunities. The communications with God may be of the physical world or of the spiritual world. They are the burning bushes that we all encounter, if only we could slow down enough to absorb them, to share them and to grow with them.
Joshua L. Segal
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