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I had forgotten all about the pastel I did of the desert many years ago until I found a picture I had taken of it before selling it to a friend. Unfortunately I had not removed the glass before I took the picture so there was an obvious glare in the middle of the pastel making it look like I had created a "burning bush" on the desert path! So I decided to remove the glare and make two smaller paintings from the larger one. This is one of them.
The story of Moses and the burning bush got me to thinking. Remember how God set a bush on fire in the middle of the desert because He wanted to get Moses undivided attention? He wanted to heal Moses so that He could use Moses to bring deliverance to a nation of slave children...
God knows your places of weakness and brokenness, too. That is why He's seeking you out with His consuming presence. As a Lover He's calling you to come away with Him into the desert so that He can heal your brokenness and bring you deliverance, too. He wants you to hear the gentleness in His voice as He tenderly places His arms around you, and reminds you that He is betrothed to you forever in love and righteousness.
He's not calling you into the desert to chastise you for your inability to remain faithful to Him, but to assure you that He will always remain faithful in His commitment of love to you. He wants to remind you that the consuming fire of His presence has swept away your sins like a cloud. Like the morning mist, they have disappeared...
Did you ever wonder why God chose to get Moses undivided attention through a burning bush? Perhaps because one of God's attributes is that He is a consuming fire. Although He is a consuming fire, the bush was not consumed. Although He is a consuming fire, we are not consumed, but only the dross in our lives is removed.
Your Lover will get your undivided attention because He is your Relentless Pursuer! He is your Door of Hope! He will do whatever it takes to capture your heart with His love so that you have only eyes for Him.♥
July 2nd, 2013
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