“Sacred places can be anywhere because God is everywhere.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 27, 2022
Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5
Throughout the Bible, there are sacred places mentioned where God spoke to people, where angels were present, and where monuments were made to commemorate His faithfulness . . . places where God showed up.
God is present in people’s lives in sacred places today, too. When I recently considered where I have sensed God’s presence most, I thought about where I often hear Him: on a long car ride when I’m driving alone, hiking on a solitary mountain trail, or when I’m in my living room, face-down on the carpet.
God has been at work in my heart where I have given Him room to work, where I have moved into an empty, solitary, quiet place and made space for Him to speak so I can hear Him.
These moments in my favorite sacred places are decluttering moments when God sweeps away the debris that has been filling my heart and soul. These are righting or re-directing moments when He shows me what’s next or tells me where I need to change my attitude. These are revelatory moments filled with His love and fresh knowledge of His goodness. Experiencing quiet, sacred places with Jesus is one of my favorite things about living life on planet earth.
Sacred places can be anywhere because God is everywhere. The whole earth is full of his glory.
When I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado I used to often visit Garden of the Gods where I spent hours walking the trails, talking to the Lord. The more clutter, noise, sadness, or difficult emotions that were in my heart, the more I needed to walk, and the further I needed to go. Some days I spent thirty minutes there, and some days I spent hours. With every step, I communed with Him. I often started full of worry and cares, and as I walked, my concerns spilled out, and His love, peace, and truth poured into me. Walking in the mountains is still often one of my favorite sacred ways to commune with Christ.
A natural inclination is to ignore our worries, concerns, burdens, or difficult emotions because we think we will be overtaken by them if we give them an inch. Besides, we’re too busy to take time to feel. But entering a quiet, sacred place could be breathtakingly refreshing if only we would take the time. But instead, we feel afraid of aloneness. What will we do without noise and without human companionship? The spilling out that happens in our sacred places is God’s way of healing us—and we must get alone to hear from Him and to receive comfort for our fretful hearts.
Where has God been at work most in your life? What are the sacred places where you can hear Him most? Take time this week to visit one of those sacred places, whether it’s on a drive in your car, during a walk through the woods, or sitting in your favorite chair. Take time to listen and see how He speaks to you.
“Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “And not a God far off? Can a person hide himself in hiding places So that I do not see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 23:23-24).
Lord, help me to slow down to listen to you. Help me to prioritize pulling away into a sacred place so that I can experience your presence more deeply. Amen.
Decide where you will go to hear from the Lord, then decide when you will go. Then do it.
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