What it means to be a Burning Bush

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What it means to be a Burning Bush

While safe-keeping the flock in the wilderness

He saw it: the flame of fire out of the midst of a bush

And it was burning but not consumed. *1

It was there that that he met the One who sets us on fire

It was there that he heard God reveal Himself

It was there that the mystery began. 


While they were all together in one place

They saw licks of fire rest on their heads

And they began to speak: *2

It was there that they sang in manifold tongues

It was there that ecstacy and joy were a mixed drink

It was there that they uttered magnificent news. 


There will come a time when each one’s work will be manifest

It will be laid bare to be seen, exposed by fire

And it will consume only what is not glorious. *3

It will be there where the burn will be

It will be there where all that is not beauty will be ashes 

It will be there where all that is not God will be gone. 

“He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire” *4

He alights on the heads with tongues of fire

He reveals Himself through burning bushes.

It is here that He sets a flame

It is now that He lights a fire

It is what it means to be a burning bush. 

*1 – Exodus 3   *2 –  Acts 2   *3 –  I Corinthians 3   *4 – Hebrews 1

A passing comment was made about how the fire that set on the early followers of Christ (in Acts 2) was like the fire of the burning bush that Moses saw (in Exodus 3). 

I contemplated what that meant – the idea that God is a revelational God – disclosing Himself through fire – everything from the burning bush to now igniting those who would be faithful witnesses to His beauty.

Let us be a burning bush

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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