Several years ago an author by the name of Henry Blackaby reshaped the way many of us see the workings and the presence of God in this world. In his work, Experiencing God, he used the example of Moses to teach his readers the simple principle of finding out where God is at work in your life, your work, your family, your community, or wherever, and join Him in that work. The difficult part of that equation sometimes can be the first step in finding where God is working.
Moses can teach us a great deal about God, simply in the way the two of them related. He was just a man; fallible, imperfect, human, yet he had an undeniably healthy relationship with God. God would call to Moses and invite him into the work He was doing. And that work was always something special. Like you and me, Moses would be quick to present his list of excuses to God as to why he could not fulfill God’s plan.
One such invitation came in the form of a bush. This was not just any ordinary bush. This was a bush that had been set on fire by God, yet it was not consumed by the flames. It just continued to burn. In those flames, God spoke to Moses. His instruction to Moses was, “do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)
Holy ground. Why?What made the area around this flaming bush holy? Was it the bush? The fire? My simple interpretation is that Moses was told the ground was holy because he was in the presence of God. And when God shows up, He is going to do something great. He is going to do what only He can do. But the greatest part of this story is that God was asking an ordinary man, Moses, to join Him in that journey. Not only join Him, but to be the leader. To shed his fears, his insecurities, his limitations, and trust God to show him the way. And God’s promise was that His presence would always be there to guide.
I don’t know where you are, where you work, or anything about the life you live today. But I do know that you are most likely standing on holy ground, today. How can I say that you ask? Because God is at work there. He is working in our YMCA through people who follow His voice every day to help transform lives for good. He is at work in your career, providing opportunities for you to step up and be the leader He has called you to be. He is working in your family to strengthen the bonds of love. You may not see a burning bush in your front yard this evening, but He is there, working to do what only He can do. And His call to each of us is to listen to Him, to follow Him, and to trust that He’ll always be there.
So maybe today is the day that we all figuratively take off our shoes as we follow a holy God. He is calling to each of us to be a part of the larger work He is doing. Will you join Him in that work? Your home, your community, your career, your church, our Y, will never be the same. Come on, let’s go barefoot!
“Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous.” Joshua 1:5-6
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