When Papa gets my attention and sees that I have stopped to look and inquire – He calls to me, “Veronica” or Hey YOU!… either works =]
I respond, “Here I am”
How did Papa get my attention?
Changing our circumstances, is one way. He had previously spoken to us letting us know that He was going to change ours. Later began the process of us losing our homes to foreclosure. Eric had lost his job twice, and I started questioning Papa… I didn’t understand what He was doing or why.
And you know…
I eventually came to figure out … He doesn’t want me to focus on the whys and whats (ya ya you can say it… slow much?). “Stay focused on Me, Veronica”, was His constant whisper.
Just like the bush that Moses was staring at, that was on fire yet didn’t burn, so was my circumstance. It was an uncomfortable, scary place to be, but it had the fingerprints of Papa God all over it.
Papa got Moses’ attention, he got mine too. Many times, I am caught up into my life here, in the natural realm, where-as Papa wants me to be balanced with my focus for both the natural and the spiritual realms.
I read in Exodus that Moses turned aside from what he was doing to check out the burning bush. When God saw that He got Moses’ attention, He called out to him.
What is Papa saying to me?
In reading that He had a direction for Moses, a job He wanted him to do, I realized that may not necessarily be the same for me. So far He’s talked to me about my focus. He’s also addressed humility. He used Job to show me that, and it occurred to me that… humility and focus go hand in hand.
Papa showed me that when my focus is on myself and my circumstances, not only do I begin to justify myself but my self-righteousness will blind me to my own ill behavior.
Frustration, fear, confusion will start to consume me. “I don’t understand”, I’ll cry. “Why is this happening to me? Are You still there or have You abandoned me?”
This morning He reminded me about the circumstances of others and what could’ve happened had they not had their focus on Him. Like Peter, when he was in jail and the Apostles were praying for his deliverance. The angel led him out. Then there’s Moses standing before Pharaoh, Joshua before the armies, Gideon, the Apostle Paul, Elijah and Elisha. All these men had a burning bush experience. Papa revealed Himself in a circumstance, His power, His might and no one was consumed, despite the appearance that they could have been. Their focus was on God and He was faithful and true.
I just wanted you to know, that I am still learning to walk in humility. Self is a very hard thing to give up. But I am a work in progress and am happy Papa has been so patient with me.
And… btw, I looked up the symbolic meaning of Bush.
Bush- symbol of humiliation, chastening, affliction.
Reference: Ex 3:2-4