Good Monday Morning to this week 39 of 2022
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Moses is not yet an important leader or a mighty “influencer” when God meets him. He is tending the sheep of his father-in-law, a normal guy like you and me with a very modest job. For weeks, Moses has been travelling in the dust of the steppe and was not expecting anything special as he plods along with his flock through everyday life. Suddenly, however, Moses sees this bush by the side of the road that burns but doesn’t burn up. This catches his attention and he lets himself be interrupted. Once off the path he takes a closer look at this unusual event in the midst of his daily ordinary life. Through stopping and having a good look, he probably has already done his contribution to the story. It was God, on the other hand, who took did the all the rest, all the talking and all the initiative for everything that followed. “Moses, Moses!” is the voice of God from the thorn bush. Moses is called by his name. Now it dawns on him – it’s got to do with him, it’s personal. Moses’ answer to this startling encounter is very simple and he answers: “I am here”.
God does not reveal himself in the voice or approach of an Almighty, He simply starts a long conversation with an ordinary shepherd in the heat of the desert, after he gets a simple answer from Moses: “I am here.”
The conversation continues; The compassionate God Yahweh, speaks to Moses in a rough and harsh place, yet in a holy and sacred atmosphere.
In this encounter there is no separation between the calling and the vocation, the daily, the ordinary and the sacred. God shows up unexpectedly in the midst of a very usual moment, and in this very encounter Moses was transformed by the God who himself.
In order to be able to perceive the thorn bush in everyday life and thus the “I am here” – God with all our senses, we have to practise this presence anew. Moses’ simple “Here I am” asks me and you directly: When am I completely here? Not just physically, but also present in my extended awareness and consciousness.
Wishing a good start to this week.
Summarised from a presentation of Siegfried Zimmer @Worthaus.org