We don’t have the benefit of having seen the burning bush on Mount Sinai like Moses. However, there is a lesson in the story that teaches each of us about our own mission journey.
Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.
Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,
the mountain of God.
There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fire
flaming out of a bush.
As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,
though on fire, was not consumed.
So Moses decided,
“I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
and see why the bush is not burned.”
When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it more closely,
God called out to him from the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
He answered, “Here I am.”
God said, “Come no nearer!
Remove the sandals from your feet,
for the place where you stand is holy ground.
I am the God of your father,” he continued,
“the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.
The cry of the children of Israel has reached me,
and I have truly noted that the Egyptians are oppressing them.
Come, now! I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people,
the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
Moses was curious about what he was seeing and his curiosity led him to an encounter with God. Isn’t that our own story? At some point in our lives we receive a glimpse of something extraordinary that we just can’t explain by the logic of our physical world. In that moment we first experience the reality of God’s presence. This is the encounter that illuminates our hearts and leads us to our faith mission.
Are your eyes open wide enough to see the burning bush?