Notice "God saw that he had stopped to look". God didn't go over and turn his head - making him look. He didn't put the bush right in his path to stop him. He didn't go over and yank him to the bush. He was there. He was ready. He watched. He waited. He "saw that he had stopped to look".
Used to be I would be so wrapped up in "self", in such a "pity party" or so consumed with anger, bitterness, thoughts of revenge - I missed His numerous blessings - in all situations. Too numerous to count and repeatedly, I missed them. Didn't acknowledge them. Much less enjoy them.
I didn't see the "silver lining in the clouds".
Or His Hand at work when I thought all was out of control or against me.
It began to happen when I made it a priority to be in His Word each and every day. To do more than skim the verses, as an act of habit or a check mark on the list, but to consume His Words and chew on them. To write about The Words He has spoken through to me. And during this new way of life - He has come in and transformed my heart, my mind, my vision - me.
I love the account of forgiveness here with Moses for killing the Egyptian. It didn't come from his own people - his family - or from the Pharaoh. So he ran. He ran into the wilderness and there God gave him a new family and a new life. He gave Him the gift of forgiveness at the burning bush. He allowed Moses to stand on His Holy Ground. In order to do so, Moses had to remove his sandals. To accept God's terms to be able to move closer and stand before Him.
Up to this point, I wonder if Moses ever thought about if God forgave him? If the sin he had committed, was it too big for God to forgive. Did he become so consumed with his new life that he "forgot" or buried it deep, pretending all was okay?
I love how God took the excuse Moses gave about his lack of elegant speech and told him like it was. There isn't anything bigger than God! There isn't anything that He can not overcome and use for His glory.
Including my sins.
"He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good."
I had to do as Moses - I had to remove the sandals of sin to accept and believe in the gift of Him.