YHWH

Life is not hurrying on to a receding future, nor hankering after
 an imagined past. It is the turning aside like Moses to the miracle
 of the lit bush, to a brightness that seemed as transitory as your youth once, but is the eternity that awaits you.”  R. S. Thomas, a Welsh poet and Anglican clergyman, penned these thought-provoking words.  Like the burning bush that “was not consumed,” these words serve to arrest the sensibilities, and make us stop to think about their meaning.  All at once, Moses goes from running away to standing in awe of the presence of Almighty God.  And, as his appointment with God continues, he discovers the name by which He is to be called – “I am Who I am” (alternatively, “I will be Who I will be.”)  Theologians speak about the great Tetragrammaton, YHWH (the LORD).  Though the original pronunciation is uncertain (due to the utter reverence with which Jews treat the name), it is believed that it ought to be pronounced, Yahweh.  The most helpful reference to this I have heard was during the year David Lunan was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  Whilst difficult for me to convey in text alone, David demonstrated how this most holy name of the LORD can be whispered as one breathes in (YAH) and out (WEH).  Done quietly and prayerfully, this is a reminder of the veneration in which we are to hold the LORD and His name.  It also helps us all to remember that God is as close as the very air we breathe.  Indeed, it was He Who breathed life into our flesh and bones in the first place.  I wonder, though, how often in the course of any day we truly still our lives and spirits to appreciate the greatness of God and His goodness to us?  It took a burning bush in the wilderness to arouse the attention of Moses.  What measure might the LORD employ to elicit a response from us in the uber-fast pace of modern living?  I return, for a moment, to the words of R. S. Thomas in the quote above – Life is not hurrying on to a receding future, nor hankering after
 an imagined past. It is the turning aside like Moses to the miracle
 of the lit bush…” I don’t know what you have planned for the rest of today.  Nor could I even predict what will occur in the space of the next hour.  But, I can give you a cast-iron guarantee – if you pause to ponder the wonders of God, He will reveal Himself to you, and you will go away blessed and changed for the better by that experience.  Augustine put it succinctly all those centuries ago: “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”