Wednesday’s Word: Stop

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There an angel of the Lord appeared to [Moses] as a flame coming from the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up. “This is strange,” he thought. “Why isn’t the bush burning up? I will go closer and see.”  Exodus 3: 2-3

 

When God saw Moses coming closer, He called to him from the burning bush. What if that had happened today? Moses might have been busy texting or checking his Facebook page and missed it.

 

Moses was watching sheep when God spoke to him. No doubt it was easy for him to notice the burning bush. There probably wasn’t much else going out in the pasture.

 

It’s more of a challenge for us today. So many things demand our attention and so many distractions are literally at our fingertips. How do we make room for God to speak to us in our busy lives?

 

It might start by us looking at our priorities. If God really is our Creator, wouldn’t it be wise to carve out at least a few minutes each day to connect with the Source of our being? Earning a living, family responsibilities, exercise, and chores: it’s a long to-do list for most of us. Spending time with God might seem like one more demand. It might be tempting to rattle off prayers or rush through our “quiet time” so we can check it off our list, but that misses the point. I’ve done it.

 

On time I tried to meditate but felt the pressures of the day nagging me.

Okay, God, I thought. I’m here. I’m listening. What do you want me to do?

 I felt the answer in my heart.

I just want you to be.

Yes, but after that, what do you want me to do?

I just want you to be.

I know, but after that…

 

 I don’t remember how long it took me to settle down and let go of the split-second timing my agenda seemed to require. I do remember coming away feeling relaxed and refreshed. Whatever I got done or didn’t get done that day, it all worked out okay—and I was in a lot better frame of mind.

 

Spending quiet time listening to God isn’t for His benefit, but for ours. Let’s not have our burning bush be the point where we are so worn out that we have no choice but to rest.

Maybe what He wants to tell us is we don’t have to try so hard.

 

Prayer:  Lord, slow me down today.

 

Reflection for sharing:  Who or what helps you settle down and listen?

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But Jesus answered “The scripture says, ‘Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks.’” (Matthew 4:4)

 

All Bible quotes are from the Good News Translation unless otherwise noted.

 

It is reassuring that Jesus called fishermen and tax collectors to be his followers. These were laymen, not Scripture experts. It is wise to seek guidance from religious scholars and clergy who have studied Scripture to avoid errors in interpretation. But the Bible is also a gift given to each of us, to use as a basis for prayer and meditation.

 

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