– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One, recently as I was sitting in the pew listening to a sermon, the pastor made mention of the burning bush from Exodus. He was referring to the flame Moses came across while herding a flock of sheep. Exodus 3:2b-3, “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 Moses did, God called out to him from the burning bush. Exodus 3:5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
With the mention of the bush, my mind went off on its own. If those who love God and desire to serve Him do not remain close to the flame they, unlike the bush, burn up. If they do not purpose to enter often into His Holy Presence, their burning passion for God’s call upon their lives burns out, and His calls remain unanswered.
Just yesterday, as I was leaving early from a downstate all-day event, I realized that the elderly ticket-taker, at a table, near the constantly opening entrance doors, must be cold.
I asked her, and she replied, “Yes, my feet and legs are cold.”
I questioned, “Is there anything that you could put over them?”
“No, there isn’t.”
A thought flashed through my mind. I have a travel blanket in the car. I could give it to her. My next thought was. Give away my travel blanket…no I don’t want to. Ron pulled up to the entrance, I walked out, and we drove away. At home, in the middle of the night, I woke up with deep regret. I had a chance to share the love of God, and did not.
I wondered? Was my selfishness due to the fact that I had not sat with God and read His Word during our two-night hotel stay? Was that the reason, I so quickly dismissed the idea of sharing my blanket? I believe so. My passion had, unlike the love of God, grown colder. He gave me an opportunity to share His love, and instead, I took my blanket and went home.
You guessed it, I did not miss quiet time this morning. I had some repenting and confessing to do.
Now, what verse should I use for closing this essay…one on the love of God…on loving others…on being an example…on obedience…or forgiveness?
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and
just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
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