"Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground."
- Exodus 3:5
Recently, I decided to pause and consider the life and legacy of Moses; and to my delight, I am learning MUCH about my life and the legacy I choose to leave.
One moment that has had a profound effect on me is Moses' encounter with God in a burning bush. First of all, I can totally imagine Moses' surprise and wonder as he happens upon a burning bush while going about his business. I can recall several times in my life when I too, have been so focused on "MY" business that God has had to intervene in a magnificent way in order to get my attention (how loving and willing He is to do just that if need be!!!). Secondly, I consider God's intent to share His vision for Moses, yet before He outlines His plan, He instructs Moses to remove his sandals. Now, one could easily argue the significance of removing his sandals as a sign of respect for God. One could even suggest that the necessity for Moses to remove his sandals was to maximize his ability to connect with and draw on the power of God's presence. I would agree with both of these thoughts, however, let's consider another.
Why do we where shoes? To protect our feet as we walk through life. Is it safe to suggest then, that our shoes could represent our past, and all that we've journeyed through? Likewise, why does God refer to the spot where Moses stood as Holy Ground? Webster defines Holy as "exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness". Not only was Moses standing before the most Holy God, he was about to receive a word of knowledge that would be worthy of complete devotion. Therefore, let us also consider that God requested Moses remove his sandals as a means of letting go of his past so he could most effectively move into his future.
Several years ago, I encountered a "burning bush" moment in my life. An opportunity to let go of my past and move forward into ALL that God had for me. Perhaps had I considered this lesson sooner, the process of letting go might have been as easy as removing a pair of sandals. I, however, chose the longer more painful journey - more like the people of Egypt. In all of this internal battle to let go, I have noticed that as I surrender my will to God's, I find my heart and soul. This exposure enables an open and teachable heart - isn't that all God asks and desires of us? How faithful God is to fill us with His love, peace and joy as we choose to be vulnerable. Not once does God say this process would be easy, however, He does promise it will be worth it!! I am beginning to notice just how true this promise is. I am also clear that in many ways, this process is a journey, not a destination. I am also beginning to notice that the longer I choose to walk by faith, the more comfortable I am on Holy Ground.
I am confident that God's plan and vision for our life is worthy of complete devotion! I am grateful for God's invitation to Take Off Our Shoes and Show Him Our Souls!! I encourage you to join me in this walk with bare feet and open hearts. May we be like Moses as we let go of the past (including all fear and doubt) and enter into a life of walking by faith, I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen!!