THE BURNING BUSH: A few years ago… I was driving a major boulevard in a nearby town, and saw a BURNING BUSH at a house, belonging to an acquaintance. Traffic was very heavy, so I had to go down a ways and do a U-turn…returning, I extinguished the fire. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of it with my cellphone. I’ve returned to that picture many times, since, always reminding myself of the story of Moses and the BURNING BUSH. (Exodus 3:1-5).
I took this “Burning Bush” to be my own. It represented a turning point in my life. My B’B raised some serious questions as to what I doing in my life, and… for what reason, how often, and for whom. In terms of fulfilling Christ’s demand on ME…I was doing, shell I be blunt…very darn little.
At the then “tender age of 73,” and having enjoyed pleasant successes in business, and otherwise, as well….I found I was still seeking God’s direction in my life. This B’B episode…became a defining moment for me, one which, God was clearly sending me a definable wake-up call…saying to me… FOLLOW ME. We are told in Matthew 4:19 – “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
I’ve had many experiences where Christ was tugging at my heart, and though….I enjoyed an open and sincere relationship with Him – I never experience a defining moment….such as this one. I was, like many, going day-to-day, tending to business, simply surviving…trying to be a good guy, father, husband, and friend…. but doing nothing spiritually SPECIAL. I think I was one of …those… who “knew of God,” but didn’t KNOW Him.
I recognized, then… that the status-quo is not good enough? God expects more from those He has given much; as said in Luke 12:48. For me; I’ve given little in terms of time, energy, love, and only modest amounts of money, compared to my capability. I’ve not been a good STEWARD of “my special” gifts that God chose especially for me.
My friend, Evangelist Adrian Despres (*), re-introduced me to the Bible verse… Matthew 28:19 – Go ye therefore teaching all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Though I’ve read it often, it seemed now to CONNECT with me…with new meaning… providing me with the DEFINING MOMENT, I was seeking, and experienced, with “that burning bush.” I proceeded, then, to develop a POA (Plan of Action)…and became a “bond-servant” to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Along the way…I was introduced to …and became deeply embedded in that process, using it to re-introduce God into the work place. Then, months later, my website… BrOOKS-of-WISDOM… (www.charlesbrooks.com) was launched; providing me another vehicle, by-which, I now…. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” I am not so naive as to believe that thousands, even hundreds, or just a few…were suddenly affected by my efforts, or website. As of this moment, I would be “humbled” to lead just one person to Christ, or back to Christ.
Have you encountered your “burning bush?”
(*) Adrian Desires; Evangelist with Kingdom Builders; (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Photo Credit: Actual photo of burning bush above referenced….cjlb