…God called to Moses out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then God said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.Exodus 3:4b-5
A couple of weeks ago in the sermon, I mentioned something I remember learning years ago in 4th or 5th grade Sunday school. The phrase the teacher used was “the ground is level at the foot of the cross.” I don’t know if that teaching was part of the Sunday school curriculum the teacher was using or if it was something the teacher added, but I do remember that the lesson was about God’s love being the same for everyone.
Level ground can be holy ground. When we can open ourselves to the simple teachings of our Christian faith that we are all created in the image of God, that we are all children of God, and that God really can love us all the same; even if that remains a mystery to us, that can be a holy ground moment.
In the scripture story in Exodus, Moses was simply tending his father-in-law’s sheep when God talked to him from a burning bush, told him he was standing on holy ground and then gave him an assignment. The assignment was to lead God’s people out of oppression and slavery in Egypt.
A holy ground moment might be when we understand what God is calling us to do or who God is calling us to be. Holy ground moments sometimes happen when we are part of something that touches us in a way that allows our hearts and minds to be changed. It might be a sudden change that comes with an insight we receive in just the right way. Or it might be a gradual change that comes when we learn more or grow in our understanding of something.
Perhaps you can think of holy ground moments you have experienced even during the uncertainty, unknowns and frustrations of these pandemic days. Perhaps the symbols of hope, possibility, change and potential even during days of tension over racial injustice have provided moments when it felt like the ground was beginning to level and become holy ground. When we experience moments when if feels like we are standing on level, holy ground, we also know that life will never be the same because things are changing for the better…for the common good.
What has been holy ground for you recently? Have there been moments even in the chaos, tension, uncertainty and unrest that have caused you to pause in reflection and gratitude and realize that you just might be standing on holy ground?
Wherever we find ourselves standing in these days, may we work to make the ground level for others so that ground also becomes holy ground.