Monday, March 8th Exodus 3:1-8

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Then the LORD said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey…Exodus 3:1-8

The rhythms of my life used to include an annual drive from North Dakota to the Seattle area. The high point of the trip, literally, came when this prairie raised boy drove ever closer to, then through, the majesty of the mountains.

It is easy to see how the ancient ones set mountains aside as the seat of the gods. They tower over life below, dancing with the interplay of light and shadow. And they test any person that dares conquer them.

Like everybody else, I would drive through those mountains and wonder at the courage of the first pioneers who figured out a way to cross them. I would admire the ingenuity of those who ran the first rail lines and cut the first highways that “tamed” the mountains for future travelers. The mountains were a joy.

But the strangest parts of that drive were the “continental divides.” A continental divide is a geographic feature where the rain which falls heads toward lower ground in two different directions.

I was confused the first time through as I actually crossed several continental divides and not all of them happened at the mountain passes I expected. I thought there was only one and it ought to be at the highest point of my drive. But, like life itself, it doesn’t work that way. It is never as simple as it seems, or as we long for it to be.

All week long our devotions will look some key turning point, mountain top, experiences in scripture. I hope they encourage us as we traverse the peaks and valleys of our lives.

Let us pray: Guide us ever, Great Redeemer, pilgrims through this barren land. We are weak but you are mighty, hold us with your powerful hand. Hold us indeed. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

6 Responses to “Monday, March 8th Exodus 3:1-8”

  1. Mark Says:

    Indeed not all continental divides are mountain tops. I own forty acres on the Great Lakes-Mississippi River divide. The total difference in elevation from one side to the other is ten feet.

    Not all moments that show us our faith are big moments. Many cannot identify one moment when the Spirit took hold of us. Sometimes the path is so gradual that we realize quite slowly we’ve been walking in the light of God for some time.

    Not so much a burning bush as a breath on an ember. True Light nonetheless.

  2. Elain Edge Says:

    I will ask God to bless you and your congregation in this new adventure! e

  3. Chris Hadley Says:

    Pastor Kerry,

    May you be blessed in your new building project as I have been blessed by the Lord here at Citywide Bank. It is an exciting time! Our faith in God’s willingness to provide and protect us can only bring good things!

  4. revkerry Says:

    Hi everybody. To all of you who received the “unedited” version of Monday’s devotion, the building project referred to is what Covenant did back in 2004 when this weeks’ devotions were originally written. Yes, sometimes, like all of the TV networks, I sometimes do devotional re-runs. But usually I’m more careful.

  5. Scotty Oliveri Says:

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