Exodus 3:2-3 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. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
As Moses was going about his business, tending his Father-in-law’s flock, he came across a burning bush. Nothing too unusual about a bush on fire. It’s not an every day occurrence but it was probably not the first bush Moses had ever seen on fire. I wonder how long that it took for Moses to notice that though the bush was on fire, it wasn’t being consumed by the fire? I would think it must have been 5 to 10 minutes that Moses stood there before he came to the realization.
I wonder how many times that God has attempted to get my attention but I was too busy to take 5 to 10 minutes to notice Him? 10 minutes is a long time in the midst of a busy schedule. I don’t have time for this distraction. People are demanding my attention. Work is demanding my attention. My list of things that I need to get done keeps growing by the hour. I don’t have time for you right now God. I’ll make some time for you on Sunday morning. And maybe one night this week if I can pull myself away from the office.
It sounds pretty foolish when I put it that way. Doesn’t it? It makes my task list seem pretty unimportant in light of the possibility that God is trying to get my attention. Moses didn’t allow the tyranny of the urgent to make him miss what God was trying to highlight to him. Moses didn’t think that his agenda was more important than God’s agenda for him. Moses allowed himself to be drawn in by what God was doing around him. And as a result, Moses didn’t miss out on God speaking to him.
How about you? Is there enough room in your timeline for God?