Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the back or west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb or Sinai, the mountain of God. (Exodus 3:1)
Moses was doing what would seem to be his job, his occupation. He was a shepherd, and was in the midst of carrying out what shepherds do in their daily tasks.
Walking the flock – this seems like a very mundane thing to do. The modern-day equivalent would be waking up, taking the bus to school or work, and going about the trivial tasks associated with whatever it is we do. Photocopying documents.. Revising for exams. Whatever.
But that verse was not set on an ordinary day for Moses. It was a day that would change his life forever.
The Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, yet was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned. (Exodus 3:2-3)
From that day on, Moses went on to lead God’s people out of slavery, and came this close to bringing them into the Promised Land.
In the midst of the mundane, Moses met with God, and God with Moses, at the burning bush – out of which God called out to Moses. God has no qualms appearing to Moses in the things around him. I mean, what’s more ordinary, more boring than a bush?
How many bushes do we walk past each day without even registering them?
How have we been walking past the “bushes” in our lives? Will we even be able to notice when a bush beside us is on fire? God is present in the mundane, simple activities that surround us on a daily basis.
And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here am I.” God said, “Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:4-5)
When we respond to God, He will call out to us, just as He did to Moses, “out of the midst of the bush”. The place we’re at and the activities that we engage in are more than just ordinary, day-to-day activities.
When we develop the habit of stopping to listen to what God is doing in our lives, and how He is moving, maybe we’ll start to notice the burning bushes all around us – and the Holy ground on which we stand.