Day Four: God’s Creative Wisdom is Inspiring You Right Now

You are receiving divine wisdom and guidance every moment of the day. Pause and notice the new adventures that await you today.

According to the Hebraic tradition, God spoke to Moses through a bush that was burning but not consumed by the flames. This oddity inspired a great deal of discussion among rabbinical scholars. One rabbi believed he solved the riddle, “why was the bush burning but not consumed?” He asserted that the bush continued to burn so that one day as Moses walked by he would finally notice it! Day after day, Moses walked by the burning bush, carrying his lunch pail, and heading to work, oblivious to God’s presence on his pathway. Until one day, he paused, noticed, responded, and was forever transformed.

The world is filled with burning bushes. There is a burning bush in each moment of experience. For those who pause long enough to notice, each moment reveals God’s wisdom. A bush burns in front of you right now. Are you too preoccupied with your own drama to experience the call of God?

I believe that God provides a vision for each moment and encounter. This was the challenge Esther faced when she was elevated to Queen in a time of crisis. She had followed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in terms of her Jewish identity even though one of the King’s highest political advisors was planning to destroy her people. Her mentor Mordecai challenged her to consider the synchronous moment in which she found herself: perhaps you have been elevated to Queen “for just such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) Awakened to the holiness of the moment and her unique place in history, Esther risked her reputation and her life to save her people.

Could it be that each moment is a holy moment? Could it be that we are encountering God in every conversation and in otherwise apparently random hunches and intuitions? Could this moment have a unique place in your history and the larger panorama of life? When we listen to our lives, we are listening to a deeper wisdom that comes to us through dreams, intuitions, synchronous encounters, and leaps of the imagination.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning captures the full meaning of God’s omnipresence: God is present everywhere, but more importantly, right where you are, in your life and insights, and the insights of those with whom you share your life.
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

All moments are holy and all encounters revelatory. Pause during the day to take a few deep breaths, opening to divine inspiration in this holy moment, with the following affirmations:
God’s creative wisdom is inspiring me right now.
God’s creative wisdom is inspiring me (in a particular situation).
I experience God in every thought and encounter.
This moment right now is a holy moment.

Open your mind and heart throughout the day in the spirit of Carrie Newcomer’s song, “Holy as the Day is Spent”:

The empty page
The open book
Redemption everywhere I look.

God’s creative wisdom is inspiring you right now!

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.