“Here I Am.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”  And Moses said, “Here I am.”
Exodus 3:4

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I am curious.
Have you ever been afraid of change?  I don’t mean pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters chasing you and saying boo.  I mean the kind of change where something happens and you are different.

Moses experienced that kind of change.  He was feeding his father-in-law’s flock and went to Horeb, the Mountain of God.  While he was there he came across a bush that appeared to be covered with fire but was not burning up.  He also heard God’s voice calling him.  God wanted Moses to bring his people out of Egypt and to a better place.  Moses wasn’t so sure about this.  God told Moses that he would be with him.   Moses and God discussed this for quite a while.  Moses was afraid and full of doubt.  But Moses also ended up doing what God wanted.  Moses was changed over time by his experience with God and through his leading God’s people.

This kind of change is called transformation.  I know, another fancy-schmancy word!  But using it reminds us that our relationship with God is special.  Seeing a burning bush is pretty special.  Hearing God’s voice is pretty special.  And both can change you!

Whenever we meet God we are transformed.  We probably don’t notice the change but it is happening.  Transformation happens over time.  It happened to Moses and it happens to you too.

You might be curious and thinking – what does that look like for me?  I don’t see burning bushes and notice God’s voice.  How do I know if I am changing – being transformed? Well, it might look a little like this…

You are out for a walk in the park and you notice a beautiful flower.  You smile and think the world is so beautiful and your heart becomes full of love for all the trees, the grass, the flowers, and squirrels around you.  As you continue to walk you notice some trash on the ground.  You think – how dreadful! That is not okay to do to God’s world! And so you decide to clean up.  You don’t normally like to clean but surprise, today it is really important!  You have been changed – transformed into caring about the world around you.

I can think of a few more examples but that would be just too much to read!  I would much rather hear about your thoughts on how God is transforming you.  I’ll just bet you have some interesting stories.  And you know,   you don’t have to be afraid to tell – I won’t doubt you.  I know God is with you leading you to transform the world all around you.  God is with you leading you to say (just like Moses) “Here I am.”