Read Exodus 3:1-4
1 One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law,Jethro,the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai,the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames,it didn’t burn up. 3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.”
4 When the LORD saw Moses coming to take a closer look,God called to him from the middle of the bush,”Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. (NLT)
Read Revelation 1:9-11
9 I,John,am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus. 10 It was the Lord’s Day,and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly,I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. 11 It said,”Write in a book everything you see,and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus,Smyrna,Pergamum,Thyatira,Sardis,Philadelphia,and Laodicea.” (NLT)
We sometimes find ourselves in hard places and long to escape them. Perhaps we feel that if we can only find a safer and better place we will draw closer to God and things will get better. Moses and John tell us otherwise.
Each received a revelation from God in a hard place. Moses was in a desert wilderness far from the comforts of the Egyptian court,doing menial work for his father-in-law. John was in exile on a rugged and unpromising island of Patmos.
God showed himself to each of them in these unlikeliest of places.
God has a habit of doing that. He shows up unexpectedly. Deserts and wildernesses and prisons feature in his narrative of interaction with human beings. By all means seek relief from a hard time and a hard place. But whilst you are there,don’t forget to watch out for flashes of God’s grace. He is not bound by time and place. He can show up anywhere and everywhere.
In the very time we might suspect God has forgotten all about us,he may reveal himself afresh with far reaching consequences. In fact God is always speaking. Are we always listening?