There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. --Exodus 3:2
When nature seems to act unpredictably, when nature does what is seemingly impossible, we can be sure nature angels are present. Not bound by time, space, or creature boundaries, nature angels can speak to us without words, even from the core of the cells and atoms that are unseen yet make up the matter that we know as the created world.
We will be surprised when, in an unexpected moment of time, we are shaken from our dull and sleepy existence by what can only be beyond us. We are so accustomed to seeing and experiencing the regular patterns that present themselves each waking morning, that when we see the extraordinary - when we see the burning bush that is not consumed - we are catapulted into the reality that things are not what they seem. And in the hazy surprise, when we are trying to make sense of what is before us but yet beyond us, we realize we have been brought very near to heaven’s gate. We have been given a vision of heaven’s dress, and now we can finger its fabric. Time as we know it has stopped, and the great volume of nature’s book has shown it has more pages than we thought. In the midst of that holy presence, we turn aside from all that is paltry, puny, and powerless and find ourselves responding with joy to the nature angel’s work. Are you poised to turn aside to see the angels’ nature surprise?
O God, minimize the walls that make me believe things can only be one way. Let me turn aside to see the miracles before me.
These reflections by Renee Miller first appeared at www.explorefaith.org
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