hope rises

One of the many parts of my faith journey includes seeing God move.  Sometimes the movement He makes is subtle, a slight change in the situation I am facing.  At other times He seems to move drastically to the right or left instead of going straight.  It is sudden, abrupt and seems like it is out of nowhere.

Each time it happens I find myself looking with hope to Heaven to see what God has planned. This same kind of event happened with Moses in Exodus 3.

Moses is out tending his father-in-law’s sheep and takes them up Mt. Horeb.  While he is going up the mountain he sees a bush on fire, but not being consumed by the fire.  He notices strange bush and decides to turn toward it, to investigate it.  Only when Moses turns toward the bush does God move.  God was waiting for Moses to notice the change.

Once Moses moves toward the bush God points out the situation from Heaven’s point of view.  The ground Moses is standing on is holy.  That’s why God tells him to remove his sandals (Exodus 3:5).  God is telling Moses to pay attention.

Moses paid attention and the opportunity for change came and hope rose from that change. God tells Moses that He has seen and heard the affliction of the Israelites, God’s people. Hope will come to them through the obedience of Moses and through God’s power.

There is hope that can be found, hope that can rise, hope that can grow– all through the eyes of someone who notices God is at work.

It just takes open eyes and open hearts, willing to see, willing to listen to God who is whispering to His children to look, to notice, to turn, and to act as He guides them toward the plans He has for them (Jeremiahs 29:11).

It only takes a moment– just be still, listen– God is speaking and He has an incredible plan– if only we will notice.

Lamentations 3:20-26

My soul continually remembers it
    and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[b]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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