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U-Turn At The Burning Bush

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11 May 2023

There are so many signs out there in our world. These traffic signs range from “STOP” sign, “NO PARKING,” “NO U-TURN” and so on are on the traffic sign posts in the civilized cities of the world. These signs are mounted strategically in conspicuously places by the streets in order to ensure that there is a free flow of traffic on our roads. The road users are obligated to follow the road signs religiously.

Like motor vehicles, human beings are journey on in the free flow traffics of the spiritual pathway of our lives. The human nature does not always like to look back. Especially someone like Moses, who was a shepherd of the flock of his father in law, Jethro, looking back was simply not part of the shepherd profession. He has so many things to occupy his moments with the flock. He watched over the flocks for their needs, for their protection and security, and lastly for their comfort and cares. These are the free flow responsibilities expected of a diligent shepherd of the flock.

On this faithful day, Moses saw a bush burning. “And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” (Exodus 3:3) This turning aside means leaving the flock to concentrate on other important things. Turning aside spiritually may also mean, turning away from all forms of sinfulness and wickedness in order to do the blessed will of God. Although this physical experience of Moses was an amber alert for a careful shepherd who was security conscious about the flocks. The amazing thing was that although the bush was burning, but the burning vegetation were not consumed. That was why Moses decided to make a U-Turn from his shepherd duty, turned aside to see what God wanted him to see.

When Moses turned aside, he was able to behold the glory of God. “And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.” (Exodus 3:4-6) When Moses turned aside, the Lord, Who was watching him revealed His glory unto Moses, called him, instructed him and sent him forth as the appointed leader of the Israelites to lead His people out of the Egyptian’s captivity.

Not everybody should wait for the burning bush before they turn to God. There are other persuasive signs of His infinite mercy beckoning unto us to come and step into our responsibilities before Him. There are so many signs out there pointing us to our Creator. We need to turn aside like Moses in order to be sensitive to the impulses of Holy Spirit for spiritual directions. The faithful Lord with surely guide us and stand by us, in Jesus, name. Dearly Beloved, like Moses, make a U-Turn and seek His face today, the Lord needs your attention!

Prayer: O Lord, open the eyes of my understanding to appreciate your love and enlighten my spirit to understand your instructions, in Jesus name, Amen.


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