Today’s Word: ‘Blazing’ as in… I looked and the bush was blazing away but it didn’t burn up!
The ancient story from Genesis 3 places Moses in a very holy, sacred space: Horeb, also known as Sinai. This was a place “where things happened; strange and wonderful things.”
This was where God seemed as close as the bush on the side of the trail. As the narrative unfolds, Moses sees the bush and it’s blazing! I mean, it’s on fire; it’s red, vibrant, alive, and exciting! And out of his mouth comes something like,
“What on earth is going on right here? I can’t believe this! The bush is blazing, yet it doesn’t burn up!”
It’s a remarkable story that stirs our imagination about how and where God “shows up” (as if there isn’t a place where God doesn’t show up).
I’m paddling with my “canoe buddy” Greg, and we see this bush on the shoreline. Because we’re in a wilderness place where things happen; strange and wonderful things, my imagination about God is already heightened. And out of my mouth comes something like, “What on earth is going on right here? I can’t believe this; look at that bush! It’s blazing, it’s on fire, red, vibrant, alive, full of excitement!”
You see, when we let the ancient story breathe a little – like it is supposed to breathe; when we don’t limit the story to ink on a page, or pages in a book, it has a way of speaking directly into our lives, into our days and moments right here, right now!
When we don’t settle for asking, “What does the story say?” but push it just a bit further and ask, “What is this story ‘saying’,” all kinds of new understanding emerges.
Maybe, and most importantly, we open up and our lives become wild places where things happen; strange and wonderful things, and we say things like, “What on earth is going on right here? I can’t believe this! The bush is blazing, yet it doesn’t burn up!”
What a remarkable, vibrant moment of blazing excitement this is!