Ever seen a burning bush, much like the one that got Moses’ attention? Sometimes God sends us burning bushes and His intention is the same as it was with Moses. Once I stopped at a McDonald’s and ran inside for a quick bite. As I was staring at the menu board, a man rushed in and said, “Call the fire department; there’s a bush on fire!”
It took me all of fifteen seconds to realize the location of said bush-right in front of my parked car. I bolted out the door, seeing that for sure, a bush was on fire within inches of the front bumper of my vehicle. Needless to say, I left McDonald’s. My life is so amazingly crazy.
I spend so much unnecessary time asking God to show me His will.
Understand that is not wasted time, but the problem is me. God sends me so many burning bushes, trying to show me what He wants me to do. Quite possibly it doesn’t look like I want it to, or I am totally looking for another answer.
What are some burning bushes? Let me list a few:
- You are sitting in church and one of the announcements is to bring supplies for VBS or some other ministry.
- Maybe it’s Operation Christmas Child collection time, and shoeboxes need filling. It’s Christmas or Easter, and Baptist churches are talking about the offerings associated with those. I just returned from a mission trip to Ecuador and Lottie Moon money built a water filtration system in the missionaries’ house in Rio Verde, Ecuador.
- Someone presents a Compassion International program and speaks of adopting a child. Maybe God is not prompting you to do that, but in Ecuador an average family can eat on $1 a day. There’s more than that in the console of my vehicle right now. Just food for thought, no pun intended.
- Maybe you are just at work one day, and you realize that can’t pay his or her utility bill. It’s only $50.00. Many will say, “Well, he/she got himself into this mess, and he/she must get himself out.” True, but what if in this moment, God said, “Give him/her the money.” And isn’t it nice that everytime we have messed up, people have not always said, “Let her get herself out of this.” God’s mercy for me never seems to end, so what about mine? In the name of “the poor will always be with us”, sometimes we do nothing and are disobedient.
- The list is endless of opportunities provided at church to act. We would have to sit in church with blinders and ear plugs in to not see the burning bushes.
Remember this one important point: when seeking God “What is the will for my life?”, look for His will today. What would please Him in the next five minutes? These moments make up a lifetime of serving God.
Galatians 5:13 NIV
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.