“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.”–Exodus 3:4b-5
As I head off to a four-day pastel workshop today with a nationally known pastel artist, I am reminded of a previous workshop I took with him a few years ago. I was dealing with brokenness in my spirit, and God led me to study with him for a weekend with other artists. Out in the middle of rural country, in a farmhouse nestled along a county road near cornfields, God met me. Through this man, his wife, and their love for Jesus, God found me and restored me. Around a kitchen table. In a simple living room. God’s Spirit was so present in that house, that my heart felt like it would burst. I came home a changed and transformed person.
As I reflect on the Scripture above, where Moses meets God in the burning bush, I reflect on my own experience with the “holy space” at Fred’s house in the country. God chooses to meet us in very ordinary places. He met Moses out in the wilderness in a bush. He met me in a farmhouse. I have had other experiences where He has met me and others—a coffeeshop, a restaurant, a bedroom, in the middle of no where, a home, a doctor’s office, a car, etc… You never know where God will show up. And I find that it is often not in church where I have these experiences.
The beauty is—we can also create our own “holy space”. My most recent one is in my closet—my War Room, where I go to pray daily or close to daily. An ordinary closet has become a place where God meets with me and talks to me. I find that in life, anywhere that God’s Spirit is present and experienced, becomes a “holy space.” We see it in the Bible time and time again—God’s holy space is certainly in a temple, but also in the wilderness, a stable, on a road, in a home, in a garden, at a river, in a palace, and many other places.
Where might you create a holy space? A space to pray and be in the presence of God? If you are looking for God in your church and not finding Him, be open to other holy spaces where He might be looking to meet you. Open your heart and mind to Him, and He will come to you…. in the most ordinary of places….a holy space!
Prayer–“Gracious God, thank you for coming to me and creating a holy space. I ask that you open my eyes to see those holy spaces in my life, those places you want to come and meet with me. Come Lord Jesus. Amen.”