Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt

Read Exodus 3

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

More thoughts for meditation

When we reach the “fire” stage of the way of Jesus, God calls us to deepen our conviction and act on it—to “fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you.”

See the light and feel the warmth: geyser, lava, or shooting star. Live in the light and sense what it generates: a warm breeze coming in the window of your cold spiritual home, maybe the warmer weather of a new climate. Share the light and see what it sparks in others: shine light in the gloom, be a conduit of spiritual energy, be an energy source. Be fire.

The story of Moses is all about a man running into fire unexpectedly and realizing his true calling—then acting on that calling in fiery ways. You may be languishing in some “backwater” place like Moses was—settled into a place that is less than what you are meant to be, maybe stuck. Somehow you see the light or feel the fire of God. You may be hesitant, like Moses, to believe what you know to be true is really happening. But this fire-that-consumes-but-does-not-destroy leads you to change your ways and enter into the “family business” of redeeming the world.

Suggestions for action

Moses appears on another mountain, the Mount of Transfiguration, in the New Testament. While mysterious, this event is a good picture of spiritual development. It occurs right after Peter named Jesus as the Messiah. It is just before Jesus goes to the cross. The amazing event is right in the middle of the story Matthew is telling—it is the beginning of the “second act” you might say. The disciples meet Jesus personally and then they meet him in His fullness on the mountain. Jesus takes them seriously; they are right up there with Moses. This experience of spiritual fire results in the beginning of their basic training for fulfilling the work of Jesus.

Where are you in relation to this “second act?” Like the video from 2014 says, in a play the “second act” usually follows the trouble that came at the end of the first—like Moses encountering a burning bush or Peter witnessing the Lord transfigured before his eyes. Both those people, people like us, go on to receive fire within and then express it as their vocation. How about you? Can you sit with that hot subject for ten minutes? Write down any direction this time of prayer is revealing.