Why Does the Bush Not Burn Up?
“I must turn aside to look at this remarkable sight. Why does the bush not burn up?” (Exodus 3:3). We all know the story of the burning bush. It has always captivated us with wonder, just as it did Moses. It was Moses’ innocent, childlike wonder that brought him to “turn aside” from his shepherding duties, to check out this mysterious thing. It is that childlike wonder that allows us to draw close to the mystery of God as well. When Moses drew near to this curious thing in the desert, he was brought up short by the voice of God saying, “Do not come near! Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Hear these words. Take them to heart. Those who are childlike know that they are standing on sacred ground in the mysterious presence of God, no matter where they are. They know that they live in the heart of mystery and accept it with faith and joy. It is the childlike who are able to approach the mystery of this “burning bush” that is God with open wonder, rather than with demands for tangible answers that can be measured and controlled. Our time in history, and our culture, is riddled, through and through, with pride. Many believe today that we can know all there is to know. Our scientific and technological advances have brought many to think that we will one day be able to control the very workings of nature, even of life and death. If they cannot see or touch something, if something cannot be proven beyond doubt, they do not believe in its existence. In our times there is a desire, even a need, to be in control, to have control over all…
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