One day over coffee a wise, sweet, experienced and precious friend looked at me and said, “Emily I want to give you this book,” as she slid it across the table. Inside she had a scripture handwritten for me on a beautiful note card.
Thank you, Friend! ❤️
Little did I know how much I would need this reminder – a message to my soul to get quiet, to read, to look into situations with a new curiosity and awareness of God, to pause, to rest, to notice, to hear.
Now a few weeks later, as I pick it up for probably the fourth time (yeah, I know, I know…I “savor” books while others may tend to inhale them) and I am sitting by my window reading, in walks my son with something cool to show me during my quiet/coffee/reading moments.
Here’s the quote at the beginning of the chapter…See the scripture reference here about the “bush afire” here:
“And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”
Exodus 3:2-4 KJV
I think it’s really significant that God called him after he saw that “Moses turned aside to see.” (Just a highlight)
Anyway, back to my son.
He makes up different designs with a plastic chain link smart toy that’s been around for at least 10 years and wants to show each design off as he creates them. (Isn’t that like God??) Usually I would send him up to do something quiet in his room…but today I decoded to pause. In that pause I realized “I’m seeing deeper into his soul.” I see that he loves company, he needs to be with people, he is orderly, creative and an inventor by nature. (So I told him what I see.) Fiddling with stuff, creating and building brings him joy. Over the past few days I’ve seen his creativity explode as I’ve watched him do his science experiments and build things like sword, bridges, and rockets from his own imagination with popsicle sticks and glue gun.
Today I could choose to have my quiet time without the intermittent questions, clicking of the toy, whistling and a,”Mom!” here or there (and I did eventually send him to his next assignment), but this day I saw into him a little more. I’m thankful I took that 15 minute pause.
I see God in my son.
I’m convicted and wondering much I’ve been missing because I’m focused on coordinating schedules for three homeschool children, lining up extracurricular activities, meetings, business talks, trips, home management, ministry admin, social time, wrapping up for fall, my business, etc.
Some of us can be so diligent in life that we miss major opportunities to “see the bush ablaze” and then to stop and listen for God to call our name.
We have opportunities everywhere to stop/look/listen to God: the State Fair, the drive to and from classes and appointments, every store we frequent, even each call, email, text, or message we answer….God is in, around, under, and surrounding everything we are involved with. Creation declares his glory.
I am convicted to
Ken Gore writes it so well. So I pray today:
May we never lose our wonder…
STOP! LOOK!! LISTEN!!!