FOR SATURDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 7:30-43
“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord.” (Acts 7:30-31; New Revised Standard Version)
Seeing a bush in the middle of the wilderness burning but not burning up is quite amazing. Top it off with hearing the voice of the Lord coming from that bush made this event even more wondrous. But what is most surprising to me about this call of God to Moses was where and when it came to him.
His calling did not come when he was knelt in prayer, pleading with God for some direction in his life. It did not come when he enters some “holy place” like a church or temple. It was not a high, holy day but a normal, ordinary day during which Moses was doing his simple work – tending his sheep.
How amazing would it be for us as we go through this ordinary day doing our regular tasks. to hear from the Lord. For this to happen, we need to be attentive and sensitive to God’s presence. We need to see, to stop and draw near, and to listen.
PRAYER: Ever-Present Lord, in the busy-ness of my day, help me always to keep my ears and eyes open to sense your call and love. Amen.
[*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Daily Office Lectionary]