So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” – Exodus 3:4
I live in America. I have a television. I have four kids and an over-active dog. So nearly everyday I see something strange. Something outlandish. Something that should make me pause and go huh? But to tell you the truth I don’t always pause. I don’t always let my curiosity win. I don’t often take a good look at whatever the non-normal thing I’ve come across.
There are some things I’ve just become desensitized to. I’m mean, I live in a day and age where anything goes. Non-normal is the new normal. Also, as I mentioned, I have kids. And kids do crazy things. And kids doing crazy things is normal.
However, more often than not I ignore what could catch my attention — should catch my attention because I’m too busy. I don’t want to be inconvenienced and I don’t want my schedule thrown off. Better to ignore that odd thing and keep going with my plan. Forget being flexible. Forget going with the flow or living in the moment. Stay focused. Keep moving. Don’t get side-tracked.
But what if God wants to do some side-tracking? What if He wants to side-track me?
I’m sure it wasn’t in Moses’s plans to come across a burning bush in the middle of the desert. He had sheep to attend to. He had a father-in-law to report to and a family to provide for. He had work to do, things to do. He had plans and a schedule.
But there was this bush. Burning. Waiting.
God was waiting.
And when Moses turned aside God spoke.
“Moses, Moses!” God called with an exclamation point. When God had Moses’s full attention He called his name. And Moses’s response? “Here I am.”
Here I am.
I wonder how many “Here I am” moments I’ve miss because I haven’t allowed myself to be distracted. I wonder how many times I missed my name being called because I was to focused on my own plans to be side-tracked by God.
Moses stopped, he looked, he listened and he responded to the plan God had for him. I wonder what my days might look life if I did the same.
Lord, I praise you and thank you for using ordinary sinners like Moses, like me and like my sisters in your plan of redemption. Please forgive me for setting my own plans above yours. Please forgive me for staying so focused on my schedule that I miss your callings. I want to see your distractions and hear your voice. Here I am, God. Here I am again. Use me. Send me. In Jesus name. Amen.
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