Contemplation

Contemplation: the act of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time

Have you looked at something thoughtfully for a long time lately? In 2016, no one (me included) wants to wait a long time for anything – a text, an internet search, or purchasing something (Amazon Prime!). It seems technology is interfering with our ability to contemplate. Read this article to learn about that.  But as the article mentions, humans have always been distractible – we just have way better tools for distraction these days.

I wonder if the Biblical story of Moses being called by God is an early description of this human condition of distraction. I wonder if God had been trying to get Moses’ attention, but Moses wasn’t getting it. Finally God does something a little drastic:

Moses was shepherding the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the west end of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God, Horeb. The angel of God appeared to him in flames of fire blazing out of the middle of a bush. He looked. The bush was blazing away but it didn’t burn up.

Moses said, “What’s going on here? I can’t believe this! Amazing! Why doesn’t the bush burn up?”

God saw that he had stopped to look. God called to him from out of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

He said, “Yes? I’m right here!”

God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.”

Then he said, “I am the God of your father: The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” Exodus 3:1-6 Msg

I want to learn from this story of Moses: to practice contemplation, to notice what God is doing around me, and to acknowledge these Kairos moments (God’s time). I want to Put. Down. The. Phone. And Close. The. Computer. I want recognize that I’m standing on holy ground. That’s my prayer for you, too.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. as we gather to practice contemplating the Word of God. And, celebrate dads and the men in our lives who mentor, serve and care for us. There’ll be root beer floats!

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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