Recognizing Holy Ground
The first time I viewed the Canadian Rockies it was a cool cloudy day. Friends of mine were driving me from Calgary to Canmore and on to Banff to give me a quick look at some of God’s most beautiful creation. I didn’t realize we were driving between two mountain ranges. All of a sudden the tip of a mountain was visible through the clouds with the sun shining brightly on it. Soon more mountains burst into view. What a sight! I remember feeling overwhelmed. I was glad I was alone in the back seat because I felt I was standing on “Holy Ground.” God felt so very close to me. He and I had an amazing private time as my friends chatted in the front seat, unaware of the affect the moment was having on me.
There are a couple of other places at which I feel I am standing on “Holy Ground;” both are at church campgrounds. Brown City Family camp in Michigan has been a camp I have attended since I was five years old. This camp has been my spiritual retreat for decades and I am so glad that our children feel the same. The other is Stayner Bible Conference Ground in Stayner, Ontario Canada. I hold an annual prayer retreat for women at this special place. It has become another “Holy Ground’ for me and many others. When I step onto the property of these two camps I know that God is there; and with an open heart and mind I expect He will have a special message for me.
The scripture and accompanying reading in my devotions today brought this question to mind; “Do I miss seeing God’s Holy Ground in my everyday living?”
Exodus 3 records the time Moses encountered the “burning bush” and was told to remove his shoes because he was standing on Holy Ground. God then gave Moses the special message that there was a task God wanted Moses to do. We don’t see burning bushes, but we do know that God is with us wherever we are. I realized today that I need to remove my shoes much more often and treat the space I am in as “Holy”. As I think about that, what will change? Hopefully, my conversation with my family, friends, and acquaintances will be more kind and considerate. Will it affect my thought life, and my prayer time? What else needs to change? What task does God have for me to accomplish today?
Have you stepped on “Holy Ground” today? How did it change you? Did you accomplish God’s special plans for you today?
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