Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

Any Old Bush Will Do

So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  Exodus 3:4

Bob desperately wanted all God had for him. He knew there was more. Time after time Bob would kneel most of the night at a park bench crying out to God for the more he desired.

Bob gave a radio message each morning for the church he served as interim pastor. One morning just before he was to go on the air a leader of the church arrived along with a second man.

The second man was introduced to Bob as a visitor who was in town to do a series of studies in the church. He also was to do the radio broadcast that day. As the guest speaker taught from the Bible, Bob thought, “I believe this man can help me.”

Following the broadcast the two had coffee. Bob told the visitor of his spiritual need. The visitor unfolded a napkin and drew three circles. Two circles were close to each other while the third one was at a distance.

The man then said to Bob, “Let the distant circle represent God. Let the circle closest to the distant circle represent the bush God spoke through, and let the third circle represent Moses.”

Then the man said, “Bob, what would have happened if Moses had been a hundred miles to the north.”

In reporting the event Bob said, “I never heard another word he said all week long.” A listener who didn’t understand the message of the three circles asked Bob why he was so affected.

Bob said, “If Moses had been 100 miles to the north, God would have used another bush. Any old bush will do.” The message changed Bob Hobson forever.

The guest speaker was the famous Major Ian Thomas—who with those few words alone has made a great contribution to the Kingdom of God.

A lot of us think God cannot use us. The truth is He will use anyone who lives by grace. Any old bush will do.