One of my absolute favorite stories in the Old Testament (and the Bible as a whole, really) is the story of Moses and the burning bush. Here’s Moses just out doing what he do. Being a shepherd for his father in law. Never once thinking, “Wonder if I am going to encounter God today?” Then he sees it: a bush on fire yet not burning up. Picture that in your head if you can. Seeing that would definitely clue you in that something supernatural was occurring. If the bush hadn’t done it for him, the booming voice of God telling him to stop and remove his shoes because he was on holy ground did the trick. Really? Hold ground? Right here in the middle of where I am doing just my everyday life? God proceeds to ask Moses to do something he doesn’t think he is able or qualified to do. “Me, God? You sure? What if they don’t believe me? What if they ask who sent me?” God does what He does and just reassures Moses that He has got this and that He will be there with him the entire time. And, as He always does, God keeps that promise to Moses.
What I love about this story is that Moses does not encounter God in a temple or on a retreat weekend or during prayer or Bible study. No, God is right there where Moses is. God is everywhere we walk so of course everywhere we are should be considered Holy ground. Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about doing something BIG like going on a medical mission trip or starting a church for the homeless or public speaking. This story reminds me that while, yes, God is in those huge things he is also in these small every day things as well. He has given us His promise that He will be there with us through it all.
Maybe your Holy ground is answering phones at a call center. Make those people you talk to feel valued and worthwhile. Even the ones who aren’t as nice. God is with you, it’s Holy ground.
Maybe your Holy ground is in a classroom. You are shaping the very future of the world. Show them their worth, show them love. God is with you, it’s Holy ground.
Maybe your Holy ground is making coffee at a local shop. You are helping people and bringing people joy. Make them look forward to coming in and getting their day started. God is with you, it’s Holy ground.
Maybe your Holy ground is being a stay at home parent. The monotony of the daily in and out does not go unnoticed by God. Keep doing the work and building up those kids. God is with you, it’s Holy ground.
The list could go on and on. I would encourage you to look for God in the everyday. Notice that burning bush and be in awe of what God has called you to do in your life. Where you are is where He wants you to be and where He will meet you.