Breathtaking Burning Bushes

“And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.”
Exodus 3:2  NKJV
. . . a time of reflection as one passes into the next.  

This year has been a season of great change for me – much like the great changes in the Autumn treescapes – BREATHTAKING – drawing our attention away from the mundane of the day as we drive by, rushing about consumed by our list of things to do.

” . . . and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.”
Moses had things to do – the consuming work of a desert existence.  He was busy tending his sheep.  A “burning bush” caught his attention and drew him away to consider higher things – and herald in a new season of his life.
I felt the thrill of sighting a burning bush driving past a grove of trees this week – startled by the vibrant orange red radiant against a greenish foliage that had not yet been drained of its summer color.  
I wanted to STOP!  But, the reality of moving traffic propelled me onward.  Resolving to return and seek out a secret place with a “burning bush” – I pressed the image in my mind – and pressed on.
The SIMPLE JOY of a beautiful, crisp, fall afternoon, and a walk with my husband amid seasonal trees performing their annual “burning bush” routine – breathing deep the cool air and the sought for splendor of God speaking through the glories of His creation – holy ground, indeed – attending to the call to higher things where the cares of this world cannot consume me.
Taking the time to STOP and consider the burning bushes in our lives that herald the work of God – calling us to higher things – to holy ground – communion with our Creator.  This is the simplest of joys, and the pleasure of His BREATHTAKING company . . .

Sharing this Breathtaking Encounter with:

Trish’s Simple Joys at Lily-Rose Cottage
Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays
Graceful’s Hear It on Sunday – Use It on Monday

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. Lovely, Kathryn!

    I thought at first I would be looking at the shrub burning bush. The trees though are so beautiful…I love those orangy-red ones!


  2. This post is so compelling.
    Yes, I will consider the burning bushes in my life. Great advice for our busy lives.

  3. Truly lovely photos and thoughts. Oh! How I miss autumn back home.

  4. WOnderful concept, lovely photos Kathryn! A different take on ‘stop and smell the roses’~ I always get inspiration or food for thought when I visit your blog. Thank you~

  5. You always draw me in, this is a lovely post. Sending hugs your way and wishes for a beautiful day ahead xo

  6. P.S> your button is on my blog love page 🙂

  7. I just had a conversation with a friend who had a very similar burning bush moment! Beautiful pictures…so vibrant.

  8. Beautiful post dear Kathy!
    I love trees and wish we had more room to plant beauties like these!
    I, too, hear our Father’s holy voice amidst His wonderful creation.
    Your ‘burning bushes’ are glorious in their firey Autumn colours!
    It must’ve been lovely to walk with your husband through such beautiful trees.
    Thanks for linking to Simple Joys today, my friend.
    God bless you..Trish
    ps. loved hearing about your childhood soap with the toy in the middle lol!

  9. Beautiful “burning bushes”!

  10. Hi Kathy~
    Yesterday during a group discussion we talked about what we do that restores our soul – I think that nature – particularly the beautiful fall colors is so glorious and restorative. I’m glad you were able to enjoy it!
    Think of you often!

  11. There is nothing like a New England fall! 🙂 Beautiful, Kathryn!

    You aren’t the same Kathryn Ross who wrote all those craft books are you?

  12. Oh this is completely breathtaking–such gorgeous fall foliage–and inspiration, my friend.

  13. Good Morning Kathy Sweetie…
    A beautiful share this morning. I love seeing that vibrant burning bush. I saw a little piece of that while visiting my folks in Oklahoma last month. Here in Phoenix, we don’t really see alot of changes in the seasons. My leaves don’t change. My lemon tree is loaded with lemons right now, just starting to ripen. And to think we are coming upon November?

    A beautiful share once again. Thank you for blessing my heart this morning. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  14. Yes, the pleasure of His breathtaking company…

    I, for one, am so glad that He’s with me all the time – even in the “smoldering shrubs” or “glowing twigs” – still His Light burns deep within me!


  15. I absolutely love the comparison of the autumn foliage to the burning bush. Knowing how “consumed” you have been feeling of late, I love the lesson of the season even more coming from you.

  16. Absolutely beautiful photos and beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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