Today’s Old Testament reading is the story of Moses and the Burning Bush. Here is part of it: ‘Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian; and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here am I.” Then he said, “Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”  … Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am”’.

Moses ‘turned aside’ in order to see the great sight of the bush that was burning, and which yet was not consumed. It is often in ‘turning aside’ that we are able to see beyond the sometimes trivial detail of our lives, and to become aware of the purposes of God.

May we take time this day to do just that, to grow still – ‘be still, and know that I am God’, the Psalmist said. May God bless you this day in your silence, and in all that He has for you.