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… Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Exodus 3:2-3, 9
Bible.org comments that Exodus 3 is a very significant point of transition stating it begins with God giving a revelation of who He is from the midst of the burning bush and it develops with “commissioning Moses to go back to Egypt and the Pharaoh, and to deliver God’s people from their oppression and bondage.” This story of the burning bush in Exodus 3 is a well known bible story. Anyone who has watched the 1956 classic film The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston is probably familiar with this scene in a movie that is filled with dramatic scenes and unbelievable special effects for a film produced during its time. The amazing features in the film proved to be worthy of the many hours spent, by households around the country, who sit before television sets to watch the movie over several days when it is shown. I am one captivated and intrigued not only with the bible story but also with the incredible features in the film, such as the flaming, unconsumed talking tree used to give Moses a message meant to not be ignored.
During our life journey we have mental, physical and spiritual situations that are meant to not be ignored. These situations may also be used to drive us to a burning bush experience, a significant point of transition, a place where God will give us a revelation of Himself and commission us to go back to our Egypt and the Pharaoh to deliver ourselves from the oppression and bondage that will keep us from fully serving and being used by Him and/or fulfilling 3 John 1:2….. that above things we prosper and be in health……
These burning bush experiences may come in the form of a doctor’s visit where we are informed that our blood pressure, cholesterol or sugar is too high, our iron is low, or our weight is far above that which is considered healthy for our age or body frame. We are advised that we must face and take control of the situation before it gets worse and more challenging health problems occur.
These burning bush experiences may come as a more sudden, severe, seemingly unexpected surprise in the form of immediate life threatening situations that ring an urgent wake-up alarm such as severe stress and anxiety attacks, being diagnosed with diabetes, and/or suffering a mild heart attack or a mild stroke that will require you and I to stop and evaluate our lives and our lifestyles. This evaluation may often reveal we are too busy, over burdened and that our lifestyles are also often plagued with a combination of poor eating habits, a lack of sleep, a lack of adequate rest and relaxation time and no exercise. Yet, we still expect our body to be fit, fabulous and fully functional for that which we require it to do.
In the bible, the book of Proverbs is considered a book of wisdom. Believers are advised that wisdom is the principal thing; therefore we are to get wisdom and with all our getting to get understanding (see Proverbs 4:7.) If you had a fitness burning bush experience, it is time to experience deliverance in this area of your life so that you may begin seizing the benefits of practicing and living a whole and healthy life, mind, body, soul and spirit. It’s time to experience God the I AM that I AM and move forward in the place of transformation He is commissioning you too. This place of transformation may require a significant change in your lifestyle, a refocusing of your energy and a readjustment of your time. However, whatever the cost, time exercising, a new diet, and/or taking on less work or cutting back on activities so your body will receive proper rest, trust God through the burning bush experience. Don’t ignore the message He is sending with second chance!