My Burning Bush . . .

WHEN DID GOD STOP ME IN MY TRACKS . . .
        turning me aside from whatever
                   I was focused on . . .
          forcing me to look to Him . . .
BUT I fell on my face and cried out
   “Why have You forsaken me?”
I COULDN’T SEE ANYTHING BUT ME . . .
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How did God get Moses’ attention?
He stopped Moses in his tracks
   when Moses was headed
   on his own mission . . .
God chose a burning bush
   because it couldn’t be missed,
Moses couldn’t avoid seeing it . . .

In my life, I look back & see there were times
when I was stopped in my tracks . . .
when I was turned aside from where I thought
I was headed . . . when I was forced to either
look to God or question His faithfulness . . .
I chose to turn from the burning bush
and fall into the darkness of pain & fear . . .
how many times did I miss “My Burning Bush,”
my opportunity to meet with God and
drink from the fountain of Living Water in the midst of my desert? . . .
I’ve lost count,
BUT I choose to stop now,
I choose to stand still,
to take my sandals off &
I choose to listen for the Voice of God
coming from the midst of all those missed, past opporunities . . .
God IS faithful and HE never
gives up drawing me into His Presence
. . . My Burning Bush,
waiting to reveal Himself to me & in me . . .

Jeanne Hicks Barnett • September 23, 2014 •

About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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