It was about this time of year when Moshe experienced his inaugural relationship with the Most High. Why did Elohim select this season to introduce him, a humble Prince - turned - Shepherd, to the texture of eternity? Why did he choose this season to begin sculpting the nation of Israel?
Moshe stood before a burning thorn bush which defied scientific reason – despite the claim that it was a dictamnus albus. The dictamnus is a flowering shrub in the Near East which exudes a combustible fragrance. Anyone who lights a match near its blossoms causes the plant to ignite in a short-lived ball of fire.
Moshe’s enigmatic burning shrub was not a flash fire, but a constant flame. The branches of the prickly bush lifted up the flame like the arms of a menorah or lampstand, and raised it high for Moshe to see.
He turned toward the marvelous sight. Had lightning struck? No. There were no clouds. Had an earthquake loosened a subterranean pocket of natural gas? No. The field around him was unchanged. The sun was continuing in its course. Camel spiders were jockeying nearby. The goats were softly bleating, and remarkably undisturbed. Everything appeared to be normal, but a true mystery was unfolding.
Moses followed the advice of King Solomon who declared that it was the glory of the Most High to conceal a matter. It was the glory of leaders to search out the very things the Holy One knew how to conceal (Proverbs 25:2). Before he realized it, Moshe was on his way to discovering the deepest truths of the Almighty. The Holy One was about to ignite a fire within him which, like the bush, would burn perpetually without ceasing.
No matter the mystery we are compelled to explore during the Counting of the Omer, may it direct us to Him. May unfolding mysteries enable Him to ignite an inner fire within us to burn continuously.
Published April 5, 2018