The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. (Exodus 3:2 NASB)
Running for his life, some forty years later, Moses ended up on the backside of the desert tending sheep for his father-in-law, Jethro. On just any ordinary day in the desert it was common to witness a bush burning which took only a few seconds to burn up, leaving a smoldering pile of ashes. But this bush was different. It kept burning and burning.
However, the burning bush captivated Moses attention. Therefore, he had to explore further to see what was happening. As he began to move closer, the voice of God emitted from the bush commanding him to not come any closer. At this point, I can imagine Moses being a bit scared and confused, but he soon realized that this experience was a mere encounter with God. This encounter however, was preparation for Moses to be taken to the next phase of his life.
Perhaps your journey has taken you to the backside of the desert causing you to feel a sense of discouragement. But the key is to remember that desert experiences are a part of life, and you shall be abundantly rewarded if you remain steadfast in your faith.
Moreover, I have learned that some of life’s hard-earned lessons can come out of a place of desolation and isolation. It is most likely during these times He is able to capture our attention. He doesn’t just get our attention and leave us wandering, but he gets our attention so we can be led into greater and higher plains.
Like Moses, God can use you to do great and mighty things for His Kingdom. No distance or time can keep you away from Him. When you have been chosen by God and when He gets ready to use you for His purpose, He will find you wherever you are.
We are reminded in (Proverbs 5:21 NKJV) “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths.”