Some weeks we live at the grocery store and occasionally check in at home…we’ve made our peace with it.
The other day I was sitting in the car with our three children, trying to keep them occupied while my wife ran in for a “few things”. It’s taken me a while but I now know that a “few things” is a distraction, a little smoke and mirrors in order to lull you in to a false sense of security. No a “few things” stems from a Greek phrase which means to sit in a small running car keeping your children from turning on each other, while your wife takes longer and buys more than you thought possible.”
My reaction to this situation is to talk out loud like she could hear me in the store.
“Come on! hurry up Penny!” I say in frustrated tones.
“Is Mommy here?” my children ask, confused.
“No, I’m just telling her to hurry but she’s not…. never mind.”
The wait has been made a little easier by the introduction of smart phones. While when I was growing up you passed the time by breathing on the window and writing messages, now we can just turn on a movie. I put on, “The Prince of Egypt” for my children to watch and we settled in together. We came to the scene of the burning bush. You can watch it here:
At the end of the scene my children stared at me as I wiped away the tears.
Something about the presentation of that scene spoke to me in ways I was not expecting from an animated movie. The force and Glory of God coupled with God’s comfort and reassurance. In that scene, I was reminded of the fact that each day, in a million unexpected ways, we catch glimpses of the Everlasting and the All-Powerful in the midst of the temporal and frail.
That God speaks through burning bushes and also through DreamWorks Animation.
That God is speaking in this very moment to go and display God’s wonders.