“Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:1-5
Moses was minding his business, keeping up with the flock of his father-in-law. In the middle of doing his job he was interrupted by the angel of the Lord that appeared to him in a flame of fire. I would have to say that would certainly be a distraction to say the least. The fire was in the bush, and was burning and yet the bush was not consumed. Now this is moving from distraction to curiosity.
There is a fire in the bush and the bush appears to be on fire and yet the bush is not actually burning. Now Moses really wants to know what is going on. He might be wondering if he was seeing something imaginary, perhaps too many warm days in the hot sun. Moses goes to investigate, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”
Moses was going about his business and doing his job when something interrupted him he could not explain and in his curiosity, goes to investigate and has an encounter with God. God called out to Moses by name and Moses responds, Here I Am. God tells Moses to take of his shoes for the place he is standing it holy ground.
God goes on to tell Moses about the cries of His people in Egypt and how he is going to deliver them. Moses was curious about how that was going to take place. God tells Moses that He will send Moses to Pharaoh. Moses tried to make an excuse about not being a good talker, and then asking who should I tell them is sending me?
God interrupts Moses’ life with a burning bush message and a calling. Reluctantly, Moses accepts what God wanted him to do. Moses went through a process of discovery and then had a decision to make. He was first distracted, second curious, and third serious. God got his attention, Moses was curious and turned aside to see, and finally was serious and accepted God’s direction for his life.
How will you respond to holy interruptions? Mildly distracted, a little curious, or serious and follow God. Are you distracted from your life by God, just curious about what God is doing, or serious about living for God in the world today?