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The Burning Tree - Thursday, May 10th, 2007

“Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, ‘I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.’ 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.’ Then He said, ‘Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’”
Exodus 3:1-5

When I received a knock on my apartment door at 11:00 p.m., instantly I thought someone from the complex had an emergency maintenance request. So I quickly mentally prepared myself for what was ahead. Well, little did I know was that this was no ordinary “emergency.” Rather, the tenant attempted to explain to me that a large oak tree rooted in front of our apartment complex was “flickering” with fire. What? He tried to describe the scenario, but we both decided I should just go out and take a look. As I approached the tree, there was nothing. I didn’t see any fire. I didn’t smell anything. There was just myself, a tenant, and a neighbor who was walking by and saw this interesting “fire.” So we waited about 5 minutes. Nothing. But then I saw it…I saw fire in the tree.

What in the world? The fire would light up a branch and then go away. Then seconds later it would do it again, but this time brighter and even bigger. Yet the tree wasn’t catching on fire. It was absolutely bizarre. The fire looked like someone was taking a pair of jumper cables and touching them together. The only way to describe it ~ it was awesome! Immediately, the burning bush from Moses’ day came to mind. In Exodus 3:2 it says, The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.” Surely, this couldn’t be a modern day burning-bush? Well, I don’t know. The reality of it was, the tree was about 2 feet away from an electrical wire. So even though the branches weren’t touching the wire, maybe there was an arc of some sort from the tree to the wire OR maybe not. Either way, the tree was on fire AND yet the tree wasn’t being burned up. Don’t ask me to explain, except it was a God-thing.

Just to be on the safe side, I called the electrical company to come out to the apartment complex and assess the situation. They declared it an emergency and came out within 15 minutes. The guy looked at the tree and the wire, smiled and said he would take care of the situation. Part of me wished I hadn’t called the electrical company. I wanted to enjoy this miracle on Swiss Avenue. So before the worker finished trimming the tree, I walked directly under where the fire was and looked up. As I did, my feet began to burn. Immediately I took off my left sandal. It was on fire…sort of. I was standing in a large mound of fire ants. Unbelievable. But as I was wiping off the ants from my feet, and attempting to cool down the burn, I looked at my wife Laura. She knew what I was thinking. I had just taken off my sandals because of the “holy” ground I was standing on. Just like the text from Exodus 3:3-5 said, “So Moses said, ‘I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.’ 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.’ Then He said, ‘Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’”

Some of you might be thinking, “A little far fetched don’t you think?” Well, allow me to say that we must be looking for God at all times. And when we are in the Word of God, we are able to hear and see Him working in our lives. You see, over the past couple of days, I have been praying for confirmation for not only the remaining days of the 40-day tent revival, as well as for the direction of my life. And without going in much further detail, I knew the Lord had spoken to me through a “marvelous sight” in which the tree on Swiss Avenue was “not burned up.” For because of this Old Testament example relived in the 21st Century, I praise the Lord!
-klm
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan