Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote,
“Life is crammed full of divine of ordinary bushes aflame for those of us with eyes to see we throw off our sandals.”
Life is especially full in December. It’s the normal stuff plus tragic news headlines, added events, shopping, travel, family fatigue, and end of year deadlines. Yet, life is also ‘crammed full of the divine’. But the divine often feels more subtle than grand. It’s like a nudge or a whisper rather than a bullhorn or sign with flashing lights.
"Ordinary bushes aflame”, of course, is a reference to Moses and the burning bush. If you think about it, a burning bush wasn’t anything extra-ordinary. The question is, how long did it take Moses to realize the bush was not being consumed? It’s easy to miss the promise of God With Us.