Lent 2009 (5) – Holy Ground

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a burning bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight – why the bush does not burn up.’ When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ’Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am.’ ‘Don’t come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’
Exodus 3:1-5

Driving through the Peruvian desert a little while ago, I realised that deserts are not necessarily sandy places. But they are barren ones. In this lifeless place, Moses saw what a burning bush that wasn’t burning! God now had Moses’ attention and was able to speak to him. We can be so focussed on our barren places, so busy with the ‘stuff’ of life, that God has to take unusual action to attract us, stop us, so he can engage with us.

Where are the places where we take off our shoes because it is holy ground! The places where God is present and therefore places which are holy.

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