Exodus 3:1-2 – “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.”
Can you imagine? You’re busy with your day, just doing the work to which you were assigned and out of the corner of your eye, you see a burning bush.
You look twice and indeed it’s on fire, so you go to take a closer look. While doing so you realize that while the fire is definitely burning, the bush is not consumed by the fire. What’s going on, you wonder?
It’s God – and he’s heard your prayers and petitions and come to visit you in person, to tell you your prayers have been heard and give you instructions on what to do.
While I’ve never tended flocks of animals nor witnessed something quite like Moses did – I did witness a miracle that to this I cannot explain other than to say, “It’s God!”
I was traveling on business and was staying in the Houston, TX area. I was alone and lonely and really wanted, maybe for the first time, to know God’s will for my life. The only bible I had available to me was an old King James version I found in my hotel room.
I had not yet been introduced to the various English translations that were available and so I prayed for the Lord to help me understand his word and his will.
Soon after, I was back in my car and driving the main road near my home when out of the corner of my eye I see this ENORMOUS sign by the road that says “Bibles”. So I turned into the parking lot and walked into the store. With a bit of help, I located an NIV version that I still use as my primary Bible 20 years later.
There’s no miracle in that, is there? I mean there are stores that sell Bibles in every city, right?
Yes, but here’s the miracle. The part I cannot explain without saying “Glory to God!” When I returned to my car and drove away I passed the sign again that had captured my attention minutes before.
Except that now, the sign was much smaller than it appeared on first glance. It was a small part of a directory of signs for that shopping center. Instead of the huge sign I thought was there, the actual sign was small and hard to see. But God wanted me to know he’d heard my prayers and petitions for help. He led me by the hand to a place where my problem would be solved.
Just recalling the story for you now, I have to shout “Hallelujah”. We do have a God who’s keenly aware of our needs and through his promises to meet every one of them, drew me into a relationship with him that endures, grows and expands to this day.
My challenge to you in sharing this is to think of something you saw or heard that you didn’t understand and look a bit closer. Perhaps it was the answer to a prayer you’ve had. If so, perhaps a hallelujah is in order for you too!