Hey, how are you doing?
I hope your day went well?
I was reading Exodus 3 recently and “Turn Aside” stood out for me. Lemme insert verses 1-4
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
So Moses was apparently tending to his father in law’s flock as usual and he saw burning bush. Burning bush! A spectacular sight which caught his attention. He looked and just saw what was going on but no voice spoke till Moses purposed in his heart to turn aside. To shift his focus. To digress from what he was initially doing and dig deep into this sight of a burning bush. It was after God noticed this, He spoke to Moses.
For me, this means God will definitely do something to catch your attention but until you are able to completely turn off from what you were doing, shut off the distraction and face Him, you won’t be able to perceive what He’s saying.
So for instance, you are watching TV or watching YouTube or social media and you feel you need to read the bible or pray. You look towards where your bible is and turn back to the distraction. You are most likely to miss the message for you at that moment (I won’t even lie the struggle is real for this one)because you only looked but didn’t turn aside. But say you actually turn off the TV and respond to that drawing to your bible – you have turned aside and given God your full focus and now He can finally speak.
Thank God for His patience. I encourage you and myself to really not just look from a distance but actually redirect our steps to the burning bush which signifies God’s presence.