by Macy Johnson
“Do not come any closer,” God said.
“Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
(Exodus 3:5 NIV)
Mark Batterson confessed a personal idiosyncrasy in his book, Draw the Circle. He revealed, “I remove my shoes whenever I am writing to remind me that I’m fulfilling a sacred calling.”
I thought, Huh… What a curious concept. So, I decided to take off my sandals and give it a try. As you can imagine, nothing happened at first, just the cool, stark feel of hardwood on my soles. But gradually, as time went by, I began to feel more like Moses. Could God really be speaking to ME? Does He really come up to MY watchtower as I imagine communion with Him?
I listened to my daughter interact with her children in the kitchen and realized that indeed, I was on holy ground. God revealed Himself to me through the chaos and loud yabba-dabba of a three-year-old boy and continuous questions pouring from the lips of an inquisitive six-year-old girl. His creativity and order unfolded all around me.
Later, after my granddaughter spent several minutes fooling around on my electronic keyboard, creating her own music of sorts, I recognized God’s voice. Dahlia had selected the “Choir” button and produced pure sounds only a chorus of angels could generate. With no instruction, this young child closed her eyes and birthed heavenly music from within her soul. Of course she didn’t know what was happening, but I knew we were both on holy ground.
Don’t miss opportunities to shake everything off that tries to come between you and your heavenly Father. Wherever and whenever we meet with God is holy, because He is holy.
I will remove my sandals and bask in the light of His presence today. I hope you will, too!