Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
Moses is out in the wilderness, tending his father-in-law’s sheep. He comes across a burning bush from which the Lord speaks to him.
The Lord tells Moses that He has seen the misery of His people and is going to set them free and take them to their own land. Moses is to go to Pharaoh and set God’s people free.
Moses then asks the question, “Who are you?” and the Lord says, “I am who I am. This is my covenant name for ever.”
Moses turns aside to see a sign from God and he has a life-changing encounter with Him. The Lord says “This ground is holy.”
That particular patch of ground was holy because God’s presence was there in that moment. It hadn’t been holy the hour before, and as far as we know, it wasn’t holy after the meeting between Moses and Yahweh.
God’s presence makes all the difference to a place. In that moment of encounter, that place is sanctified, set apart for God.
We don’t have “burning bush” moments every day. But we do have the opportunity for God encounters. Another shepherd might have been too intent on watching his sheep, or, in our day and age, his facebook feed. But Moses took time to step away from his path to go and look and listen to God.
God moments and God encounters are waiting for us every day if only we will stop, look and listen.
We don’t need a flaming bush in the wilderness. God is with us everywhere we go.
Lord, what special moment do you have for me today? Help me to listen to your voice among the clamour of my life. Amen.