Monday, June 9, 2014

My Burning Bush

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“This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. “Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground (Exodus 3:3-5, NLT)

His life had changed in an instant. He didn’t understand it fully at the time and had no way of knowing the impact it was going to have on him.

Nothing up to this point could have ever prepared him for what life was about to bring him either.

As a result, he found himself wondering and wandering. Wondering what he was supposed to do with his life in light of the recent events, and wandering in the desert literally and figuratively.

Searching. Seeking. Questioning.

He didn’t know what to do now, so like most men he fell back on what he was good at doing. He fell back on what he had already mastered. So he threw himself back into his work, back into the only thing he really knew how to do.

That was his way of coping with his “new normal.”

Then one day, while wandering in his desert, he had a divine encounter.

 A holy moment.

A bush was ablaze with a raging fire right in front of him, yet the bush refused to burn up. The fire just continued blazing.

A burning bush.

And then the voice.

From the bush came the voice that spoke the stars into existence. With one command, that same voice had separated night from day, and named every star in the sky. The same voice that tells the waves how far ashore they can come and commands the dawn to rise.

That voice.

“I AM WHO I AM”, the voice had thundered.

In one holy moment Moses had encountered God and his life would be radically altered forever.

All of a sudden Moses found his purpose and accepted his calling. Moses discovered why he was on earth and how God was going to use his life for significance.

In one holy moment, Moses surrendered what he had known to leap off a cliff of uncertainty because the voice had chosen him. God had chosen him for a difficult, challenging, yet incredibly significant and God-honoring, God-glorifying task.

In one holy moment Moses realized that while he may have though he had just been wandering in the desert, that God in fact, was ordaining his steps for this very moment in his life.

He was scared, confused, and still a little unsure. But the voice had promised to accompany him on the journey that the two of them were about to embark on together.

The very presence of God was in the burning bush.

That’s when I see the similarities in my life. That’s when I realize why the story resonates with me as the dad of a child with special needs.

My son with special needs is my burning bush.

He is where I encounter God.
He is where I find my purpose and my calling.
He is where my life makes sense.
He is where I realize I too am chosen.
He is where I realize I too am called.
He is where my life most honors and glorifies God.
He is where I go to meet my God.

He’s my burning bush.

Pray: "Father may we never stop searching for your presence in our struggles and challenges. May we treat such moments as divine encounters with your presence."


  1. O, Jeff, thanks so much for this! What a blessing! My little nephew has just had brain surgery (6yo) for a large brain tumor, and we are all reeling! I am going to pass this along. I am comforted and others will be too. Great post!

  2. Thank you Ann. I will pray for your nephew and family and keep you in my thoughts. God Bless.

  3. Beautiful, Jeff. Thanks for the reminder that true faith grows from encounters in the hard and unexpected bits of life.