‘While tending the sheep of his father-in-law Jethro, priest of Midian, Moses led the flock along the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There an angel of the Lord appeared to him as a fire blazing out from a bush. Although the bush was on fire, it was not being burnt up, and Moses said to himself, “I must go across and see this remarkable sight. Why ever does the bush not burn away?” When the Lord saw that Moses had turned aside to look, he called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” He answered, “Here I am!”‘ (Exodus 3.1-4 REB)
God first got my attention with a paperback book with a red and yellow flame on the front of it. The book was called Nine O’clock in the Morning, by Dennis Bennett. Dennis was one of the first Anglican priests to identify with what later came to be called the charismatic movement. In the book he told the story of his baptism in the Holy Spirit and all the remarkable things he experienced because of it.
Up until then my Christian experience had been very conventional. I didn’t experience God personally, nor did I know I could. But Nine O’clock in the Morning got my attention. It told me there was a real God who did real things in the lives of real people. From that point on, I was on a quest to know this God for myself.
It wasn’t until later that I realized that my ‘burning bush’ was a book with a picture on the front of it that could almost have been a burning bush!
What was your burning bush? How did God first get your attention? And what has happened in your life as a result?
(Today’s One Year Bible readings are Exodus 2:11 – 3:22, Matthew 17:10-27, Psalm 22:1-18, and Proverbs 5:7-14)