Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Standing on Holy Ground

"There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did 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." 'Do not come any closer,' God said. 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.' Then he said, 'I am the God of your Father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God." --Exodus 3:2-6


How often do we look for that sign of a burning bush within our own lives? I know there have been many times in my own life when I have wished that God's voice would come to me in a burning bush. But as I have looked for that burning bush, to no avail, that burning bush has been no where to be found!

Maybe I have been looking in all the wrong places. Perhaps God is putting burning bushes in our path, just not like we would expect those burning bushes to come into our lives. The truth is, I believe, that we are experiencing our own burning bushes throughout our lives. We experience those especially when we see someones heart or someone shares their faith with us. I am reminded of a quote that I read today on a friend's FB page. The quote reads:
"We stand before a burning bush whenever other human beings share with us something of their relationship with God or something of the moments of their hearts. In such moments may we always realize that we stand on holy ground."--Margaret Silf
These words speak so much to me. As I have sat in my friend's house, sharing a meal with her and her daughter, I have found myself on holy ground. As I have sat in yet another friend's house and heard her heart, I have once again found myself on holy ground. As I have watched my Confirmation students create cards for someone other than themselves, I have found myself on holy ground. As I have shared in numerous families joys and sorrows, I have found myself yet again standing upon holy ground. As I have read new blogs, accepted new Facebook friend requests, and voxed with new #write31 day friends, I have realized that I am standing upon holy ground yet again. When another friend bravely shares her heart through her music, I find myself surely standing on holy ground.

There is something incredibly holy about standing on holy ground with others who understand me and my heart. God truly wants us to share ourselves with each other. God wants us to show who God created us to be with each other. God wants us to be authentic and even gentle with ourselves. That isn't easy because God is so much gentler with us than we are with ourselves. And because of that God places incredible people into our lives so that we can stand on holy ground together.

I am thankful for the ways that I have experienced and will continue to experience holy ground in my life. And I am thankful for all of you who have shared yourself with me and have allowed me to stand on holy ground with YOU! May we all continue to share our stories with each other and may our eyes be opened to those times of holy ground in our own lives.


 

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful post! I love it when I feel free to share Holy Spirit moments with others, and when others share their encounters with Jesus with me.

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    1. Thank You Jennifer! I love that too!

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  2. I love that you recognize the sacredness of reading the authentic words of another. As a writer, I frequently find myself hearing God speak to me through the words I write. I sometimes stare at the screen in awe as my draft folder has become, temporarily, holy ground. I'm always hopeful that a reader, just even once, will be similarly transfixed.

    Thank you for your words.

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    1. Susan, I feel like God often speaks to me through my writing too! Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. I spent too much time trying to follow Jesus on my own. Thank you for sharing where you've seen God's work and presence in others. ~Leah

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    1. I think at one time or another we all have been guilty of trying to follow Jesus on our own.

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  4. I love this post because it is a great reminder that we need to keep our eyes open to see the holy ground. I often wonder how often I am on holy ground, but don't realize it. Something to think about. Thanks so much, Tara.

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    1. Heather, you are so welcome! That is exactly why I wrote this post! :)

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  5. Great reminder of God's presence in our friendships, relationships, etc. Thanks for the post!

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  6. This is so beautiful, Tara and so true! I have long been a lover of words and there is something so very special and sacred about another person opening their heart up to you either in words on the page (or screen) or in conversation. :)

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    1. Thank You! I too have long been a lover of words. When I was little, my mom said I was happy with pen and paper. There is indeed something very special and sacred about another person opening up their heart whether it be online, in person, etc.

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