Kangeroos and Burning Bushes

Amazon delivery driver Alexis Prochniki thought she was seeing things last week as she was driving her route through southern Ontario, Canada. At first, she thought it was a deer, not an unusual sight on her travels.  But the ‘deer’ appeared to have little arms and was hopping along the road.  She backed up her truck for a second look. Were her eyes playing tricks on her? It looked like a kangaroo.

If you live in Australia, a kangaroo might be a more common sight. However, in southern Ontario during January, it’s pretty unusual. The kangaroo had somehow escaped from a local zoo. The police received several reports about the rouge marsupial and put out a statement assuring people that they weren’t hallucinating.

In Exodus 3, Moses saw something that caught his attention.  “The angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” (Exodus 3:2-3)

We get used to our routines and surroundings. When the unexpected happens, we aren’t always prepared. We don’t always stop to look. Moses was curious and went over to see what was going on. It turned out to be a significant moment in his life. It’s good he paid attention.

Not every sighting of a bouncy kangaroo is necessarily a divine moment. But how prepared are we to take a second look at the unexpected? Are we open to a divine interruption in our day? Or are we too busy to stop and ponder? Are we open and curious about where the Lord may show up in our lives? Like Moses, we may just have an unexpected life-changing encounter. Paying attention is the key.