This is an animation about the unburned bush, which I produced for 'Prayers for Melbourne' at Collins Street Baptist Church.
At the moment it is the season of Epiphany, when there is a focus on the revelation of God. Last night at Prayer for Melbourne we this animation, and thought a bit about how the unburned bush revealed God to Moses in Exodus 3.
In the reading it seems as though Moses is going about his everyday business and, out of the corner of his eye, he sees something unusual. He chooses to turn aside and see what is going on with this bush, which seems to be on fire, but is not burned up. By allowing his everyday life to be interrupted, Moses opens himself up to a revelation of God.
I was thinking about how in our urban environment there are a lot signs competing for our attention, and was wondering about whether I notice God's signs. Do I turn aside and pay attention when I notice something unusual and important out of the corner of my eye?
I was also thinking about how the fire is a power that burns but doesn't destroy - if anything, it protects the life of the bush rather than consuming it. (I think I heard Jarrod McKenna talking about that a couple of years ago.) It isn't just unusual because it looks weird. It's also unusual because it subverts our expectations about what power is.
A lot of our prayer last night was about this kind of power.
I was also think about the unburned bush in terms of renewable energy.
Prayer for Melbourne is from 6 till 7:30pm, on the first and third Wednesday of the month, at Collins Street Baptist Church.