Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Stop to Look" - 01/30/14 - Exodus 1-3

God saw that he had stopped to look.(3:4)

In our women's Bible Study Tuesday night, we were studying these verses in regard to the name of our ABBA.  "I AM".  Right next to "ABBA", this has always been my favorite.  His being my "I AM" covers everything!  Every aspect of my life.  Blessings rain down upon me, my voids are filled, all trials and tribulations, "we" go through them together.  Every single breath I take in, exhale, are filled with HIM - my "I AM". 

As I studied this passage, He gave me a word picture.  I could see the burning bush on the side of the mountain, tucked a bit out of the way from where Moses was herding the sheep.  The flames had caught his eye, but the most important part of this  passage is, "he had stopped to look". 

And I was immediately hit in my heart, how often do I "stop to look"? 

Stop to look -  and see Him, in His Majesty, displaced everywhere about me? 

Stop to look -  and then draw close to "stand on Holy Ground"? 

Stop to look - and quiet my mind, my mouth, so I may hear and take in His Words? 

How often do I miss His "Burning Bush", as I hurry through "my schedule".

ABBA had the burning bush planted in one spot.  He didn't have it leaping about the landscape, trying to stop Him in his tracks.  I wonder if he would have resorted to this tactic, if Moses had continued on. 

I wonder how many "Burning Bushes" He has put before my steps, because I didn't stop? 

The "Burning Bushes" that are His "Divine Appointments".

I used to get upset because I couldn't cross off the items on "my" to do list because something (or someone) always came up and I had to switch off of the route "I" had planned out for the day.  Because of our line of work, winter is the best time to get caught up on things I had put off during our busy seasons.  Each year, I look forward to going through our home, reorganizing and purging, getting rid of "stuff" that is taking up spaces, not only in our closets, but in my life.  ABBA has become so much of my "I Am", I no longer need "stuff" to fill the voids in my life. 

No longer am I placing my worth in accumulations, no longer am I allowing the "stuff" in life to run my life.  It isn't that our home looks like a total mess, I am just becoming more and more convicted to simplify my life.  He has shown me throughout the years, many times over, life is fleeting.  He is changing my heart to live as though my next breath could be my last and I am striving to get our home, the business, shop, in order, so when my last breath does happen (and it will), Curt, Adam, Nichalas, Amber, and any others He puts into our family, are able to focus on each other - not the stuff. 

So, like Moses, instead of sheep, I am herding "stuff" out the door.  I am cleaning out the dust, creating bare spaces on the shelves, empty drawers, and loving it.  It is so refreshing and comes with the blessing of freedom.

Interruptions come and I have learned they are His Divine Appointments.  I now am excited to see what He has lined up for "our" day.

Yes, I am to be a good steward of our stuff.  But, not to let that become more important than the Burning Bush He has tucked away, or put into the middle of my path.  It motivates me to utilize the times He does give me, to be a better steward for the ridding of stuff. 

But, it isn't just about the physical aspect of my life either.  He places  the "Burning Bush" in my soul, my mind, my heart, as well.  It is so easy to get into my comfort zone, my routine, and easily miss out or even ignore the "Burning Bush".  The "Burning Bush" surrounded by Holy Ground.  The place where He wants me to be barefoot and totally focused on Him.  The place where He is my "I AM". 

The place where I need to live. 

It is only by living in the presence of His Burning Bush, that I am able to become all He has designed me to be.  It is there I have learned His Truth.  Where my heart has been transformed. 

He has filled me with the desire to always stop to look - for His "Burning Bush".

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