Perhaps we were about intentional reflection to give thanks. Or searching hard for the sacred amidst blaring bling and tinsel tackiness.
But as I trip two-thirds into February and glance back at the blur of the New Year, I wonder with head shaking at time's relentless march.
Lent begins next week.
It feels as if I just celebrated the priceless beauty of a manger holding immeasurable, newborn Worth. The days seem to run together and run away as I run to catch up.
But God knows how to get my attention.
To deploy holy pyrotechnics.
Moses could relate.
"I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
Like me, Moses thought that day was no different than the one before. Looking for nothing uncommon except reaching the end of a common day.
Yet God needed to interrupt Moses' life. To set a bush aflame, halting the droning ordinary-ness of life to reveal the extraordinary, to plan rescue and restore fellowship.
Sometimes it takes flames to capture our attention and slow us down.
As I worked over the past few weeks preparing to speak at back-to-back weekend retreats, I had neglected to call Mom on a regular basis. Even though it weighed daily on the back of my mind, I ignored it as I grasped for the illusion of "getting everything under control first."
Then POOF, a burning bush appeared.
For several days now, Mom has been in the hospital with double pneumonia. Now doctors have discovered blood clots forming in her lungs. More tests have been performed, extending her hospital stay indefinitely.
During such times, it's amazing how quickly items move from my "must get done" list to the "it can wait" list.
My sisters and I are taking turns spending time with Mom while she's in the hospital, and it's been nice to catch up on life with them -- even though we wish it were under different circumstances.
I am so thankful that burning bushes tend to clarify and restore what's truly important -- RELATIONSHIPS.
Relationships with each other. Relationship with Him.
Thank you, Lord, for the burning bushes that cause me to prioritize.
Have burning bushes appeared in your life to get your attention and slow your pace?.