We pray to God and listen for his response. And perhaps we’re looking for our own burning bush experience. But God is an infinite and living God and he can speak to us in many infinite and, sometimes, unlikely ways.
Moses was not expecting the voice of God to come through a burning bush. And Balaam was not expecting his donkey to be the one to get his attention. But God is not limited to the usual and customary approaches when he’s ready to speak.
And the same remains true for us today.
While we rightly anticipate God speaking through Scripture, sermons, and the various spiritual leaders in our life, sometimes he wants to get our attention through other unlikely messengers as well.
For instance, a child’s innocent reflections might teach us more theology than any graduate level seminary course.
A passing greeting from a shabby stranger in the store might also speak the exact words of affirmation our souls needed to hear.
And the old man in the corner at church who might not be in his right mind otherwise, might still speak a word that burns with the Spirit of God – unexpectedly convicting us in a personal matter of faith.
Likewise, God might use our pets, nature, music, random commercials and the like to get our attention and direct our hearts back to him.
Our task is to not put God in a box and to remain open to the infinite ways his gentle whisper still speaks to us today.
Of course, we must test the spirits and not assume every message is from God. But also not close our hearts to a message just because it’s presented from an unexpected source.
Stay open to the infinite ways God might be trying to get your attention, even through unlikely messengers.