I’ve been thinking a lot about “encounters.” The first time I encountered my wife Suzanne (at a pool in Arizona on a basketball road trip); the first time I encountered my kids as they were born; the first time I encountered God (in a church service when I was a boy).
Each encounter brought a new awareness of something greater than I had ever experienced before. It struck at the deepest core of my being. Encountering God is one of the few encounters that can be as deep or more deeply impacting the 100th time as it was the 1st time. And it can happen at any moment: walking early in the morning, watching a sunset, seeing your kids play, sitting listening to Beethoven, during a lunch break talking with a coworker, attending a church service.
My prayer today is that I would experience a burning bush moment with God. Maybe it will happen for you today as you meditate on these words or as you say a simple prayer on your way to work or during a break or after you get your kids off to school or….?
Steven Furtick’s Devotional based on Exodus 3:1-10:
When you strip the biblical miracles of their spectacular special effects, a common plot point emerges: extraordinary moves of God begin with ordinary acts of obedience.
Consider Moses’s first encounter with God.
Moses is tending the family sheep out in the nondescript countryside.
He happens to notice a bush that’s caught fire. He walks over to take a look…
Up to this point, it’s not exactly a riveting scene, is it?
In reality, the illustrious burning-bush encounter that seemed so captivating in Sunday school is really…quite…ordinary. Moses is performing menial manual labor, working for his father-in-law. It’s dusty. The sheep stink. Does it get any more mundane?
Almost all encounters with God begin that way. You may be living under the illusion that when God ignites great things in your life, He’ll announce it with a big bang. He might. It’s more likely that He won’t. So stop waiting around for the big bang. Pay attention to the subtle clues and the still, small voice. Maybe you’ll hear it this very day.
What we call a miracle is really just the right combination of your ordinary ingredients and God’s extraordinary expertise. When God’s super collides with your natural, sparks will fly.
God may call you to serve as an unknown youth pastor of fifteen kids in a moldy basement for a youth room and with an Atari for entertainment. Ordinary. But He may also be providing you an opportunity to pour your life into one of those teenagers who will go on to preach the gospel in a thousand places you’ll never go.
God may lead you to stay at home with your young children, forfeiting a second income. Ordinary. But along with diapers, dishes, and naps, you receive the gift of time – to model discipline, instill values, and speak life into your kids. They could grow up to be Joshua’s in their own generation. Extraordinary.
If God is calling you to make a big difference today, He is likely to start in a small way – a bush that only you will notice. Will you remove your shoes, draw close, and receive your assignment? Will you give the Lord permission to ignite your ordinary? If you will, before long your faith will start carrying you to a higher level than you ever thought you could reach.