2011 Bulletins "The Year of Possibilities"


                                                         Rev. H. L. Sheppard

                                                                                                                                                                     August 2011


Searching For Possibilities


Ex. 3:1  Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
Ex. 3:2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

Ninety eight years ago, fifteen doctors and New York businessmen began an organization to search for a possible cure for cancer. It eventually came to be known as “The American Cancer Society”. Today there are over nine hundred offices in the United States. Although no definitive cure has been found to date, many treatments have been developed that have proven effective in dealing with cancer. Billions of dollars have been spent searching for possibilities.

It has been postulated that in the late 1930s a form of simian immunodeficiency virus was somehow transferred to human beings. In 1959 a confirmed death from the HIV infection occurred. But, it wasn’t until the 1980s that an AIDS epidemic was declared and an intense search for a cure begun. Since that time everybody from royalty to movie stars have rallied around the AIDS cause, raising millions of dollars and pressing researchers to find a cure. World renowned personalities have dedicated themselves to the possibility that AIDS can be defeated.

Moses, the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, had escaped Egypt with his life and lived with his new family in the Midian wilderness. He was almost eighty years old and apparently had never heard from God. That was about to change.

His life was divided into three periods of forty years each. Forty years was spent in Egypt, forty years in Jethro’s house in the Midian wilderness and forty years with the Children of God in the Sinai Peninsula.

Moses had lived two-thirds of his life before he ever heard God speak to him. Now, after roaming the wilderness of Midian in search of pasture land and water for his father-in-law’s sheep, Moses finally reached the “Backside” of the desert. He had literally gone as far as he could possibly go. He had traversed the entire wilderness and had arrived at the backside of the desert, at the opposite end of where the comforts of home, the love of family the protection of numerous servants were located. He was as far away as he could possibly have been from the safety of the comfort zone he had known for forty years. Now, when everyone and everything familiar was out of reach, Moses searched for new “Possibilities”. He looked for the God that his Hebrew mother had taught him about. He looked for a transformation in his nearly eighty year old life. He searched for possibilities on the backside of the desert...and found God.

Have you found what you’ve been searching for? Have you been looking in the right places? Oftentimes our work-a-day lives keep us so bound up with the routine, mundane chore of just getting by  we seldom recognize that we have reached a place where a burning bush of possibilities is vying for our attention. If we can only shake ourselves out of the lethargy of the natural and focus on the divine presence of the supernatural, God will reveal the flaming bush of “Possibilities” that burns on the backside of our trouble.

People often search for solutions to problems when trouble abounds. They search for cures when diseases take too many lives to ignore. It’s not unusual to look for hope when things seem most hopeless. So, I encourage you to open your spiritual eyes. Keep your ears attuned to the voice of God. If you’ve reached the backside of the desert of your life, start searching for possibilities. He is a God of Possibilities.