Moses had run away from Pharoah after killing a man and had gone to being a shepherd, minding his own business when all of a sudden he saw a burning bush (Exodus 3:2). I wonder how long he watched it. I wonder if he tried to ignore it or shut his eyes thinking if he did he would open them and find the vision gone.
He had a choice, you know, to keep doing what he was doing. The Bible doesn’t say how far away it was from him; it does imply he could have kept walking, but curiosity got the best of him and he thought to himself, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous site, why the bush is not burned up“. (Exodus 3:3).
Choices. This one seemed to be an insignificant one. He was herding a flock by himself (apparently) and sees something very unusual; so what if he didn’t go look?
Moses goes to see and not only does he see the ever-burning-not-consumed bush, he finds himself in a conversation with God and receives the word that he’ll be the one God uses to deliver Israel! This is what got me though: “When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look God called to him from the midst of the bush…” (Exodus 3:4-emphasis, mine).
Obviously Moses had to make some kind of move to change his direction which God saw and responded. God was waiting on him, watching him to see if he would come look which implies the Lord would have remained silent had he not. I know what you’re thinking: “Of course Moses looked, it was a burning bush, who wouldn’t?”
Is God waiting on us? Is He not speaking, not manifesting His mighty presence in our lives because we haven’t “turned aside” to see? What if we live in conscious expectation of seeing and hearing Him?
Perhaps that’s why children are so happy and carefree. They live in a constant state of “good” – everything is an adventure. What if “walking in the Spirit” were kind of like that? What if we got up every morning EXPECTING to see a “burning bush”? What if we were divinely curious about everything, every encounter, excited about what God wants to show us?
Don’t miss what God has for you in your everyday life. He’s waiting for you to look. Don’t miss Him.