Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
It’s a late-night and I just finished spending time in my sacred place. My sacred place is where I spend time with God. There is a space right next to my bed, it’s where I keep my prayer blanket, journal, and a wireless speaker. There is something special about that space. Whether I’m sitting Indian style or laying prostrate on the ground, I immediately feel the presence of Jesus. This section of my room is our special place, it’s where we meet to chat about life.
A friend came to see me a few weeks ago, with her she carried all of her bags to my room. She scanned the room, saw the blanket on the ground next to my bed and immediately tried not to cross over into that portion of my room. Out of respect, she took off her shoes and continued to be mindful of where she stood. I chuckled but I was grateful for her attentiveness. As I looked at her, I thought of one of my biblical heroes: Moses. There is this dope story about God finding Moses in the middle of Midian. He was busy doing his job (he was a shepherd) when he saw a burning bush. Curiosity consumed him and he went to see what was going on in the wilderness. The coolest part about Moses’ discovery was that while the bush was burning, it was not consumed.
“One day Moses was tending the flock of his father- in – law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. ‘This is amazing’ Moses said to himself. ‘Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.'” Exodus 3:1-3 NLT
Let’s pause here: though Moses saw the fire, he did not see destruction. This is a great metaphor for life, though it looks like we’re on fire- dealing with the cares of life, we’re not consumed because of the grace of God. Just because we see flames does not mean that God is allowing us to burn. He is not going to let us burn, we won’t smell like smoke!
“When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him in the middle of the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ ‘Here I am!’ Moses replied. ‘Do not come any closer, ‘ the Lord warned. ‘Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.” Exodus 3:4-5a
Anyways… Moses comes into an audience with God, into a sacred place. The spot where Moses is standing is so sacred, he’s directed to take off his shoes. Even though Moses did not plan to meet with God, God planned to speak with Moses. How dope is that?
This morning, I felt the tug of God to come to our sacred place. I wish I could tell you that quality time with the Father was the first thing on my mind, but that was simply not the case. In fact, all of my concerns and worries harbored my mind. I dwelled in this land of reevaluation, a place where I was constantly questioning my faith moves. It’s one thing to step out on faith and it’s another to burn your back up plan, to slay your ox of convenience. That is what I did. I burned my safety nets, destroyed my back up plans and now I was frustrated with what I gambled for. We all have moments when we’re like “God, is it worth the risk?” I believe Moses had similar questions. I bet the prince of Egypt never imagined living a life as a fugitive in Midian, but here he was reimagining all he dreamed. Yet, God being so gracious used curiosity to grab his attention. God wanted to spend that time with him, the same way he desired to spend time with me.
Want to hear some good news? Well… the good news in all of this is that God desires to spend time with you too. What do you have to lose by going to yall’s sacred place? That place where you two meet and chat about life? I’ve found that the lower I am, the stronger I become. Prayer is my lifeline of strength and wisdom and every time I have questions, He comes with plenty of answers. I think my favorite part about our time is that I don’t have to pretend- I can be all of who I am because I am fully accepted and loved. For example, this morning I whispered, “Jesus, I need you.” Nothing fancy, nothing long. A simple short prayer of how I was feeling at that moment. And just like that, He came ready to meet my need for more of Him.
Get to your sacred place. Hide in your sacred place. Rest in your sacred place. Create a home with just you and Him and allow Him to fill your life with peace. Time with Him is worth every second. Well, family, that’s it for today. Have an amazing Sunday!