This morning, since I was awake anyway, I went ahead and got started reading. I opened my Bible to Exodus and began reading about the Moses and the burning bush.
I realized that I could actually picture it in my mind clearly now.
Has that happened to you? You read about something, like a place, and then once you actually experience that place or something similar, it becomes real to you? I would imagine that for those of you who've walked through parts of Israel where Jesus walked, that would be true. I have not had the opportunity to do that yet. Maybe someday.
But for now, details like this come alive. "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." (Ex. 3:1) Chapters 3 and 4 go on to describe Moses' meeting with God.
It occurred to me that never before have I really pictured this meeting in my mind in vivid detail. But after seeing the landscape on this side of the world, I picture the bush as a bush common here in Africa. When I picture Moses as a shepherd, I see the shepherd people leading their flocks here with sticks or whips from pasture to pasture.
And the Bible becomes more alive.
I realize that the areas talked about in Exodus would be the modern day Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, but when you look at a map, Ethiopia's not that far away!
It's really cool, ya'll.
Today I am thankful for: a God who makes all things new, light-up tennis shoes for little boys, and balloons.