Earlyish on Saturday morning I left everyone else having breakfast and took a stroll up the road towards the “Great Sugar Loaf“. I suppose it was a kind of prayer walk and photo walk in one. The Sun, still quite low in the East was casting an interesting light, though making it difficult to photograph the mountain because of the tricky combination of deep shadows and strong highlights.
On the walk I came across a large bush / small tree, where the golden leaves were wonderfully backlit and glowing brightly as a result. The ‘burning bush’ came to mind:
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
(Exodus 3:2-5 ESV)
I love reading those Old Testament stories and they are continually inspiring and challenging in many different ways. The Great Sugar Loaf may not be mount Horeb and the brightly lit bush not an actual burning bush, but it was in its own way a special, sacred and holy time…