Just when baby boomers think that their lives are carefully mapped out, just when retirees think that they have indeed retired, just when young parents think that their hectic schedules are finalized on their calendars, it happens.
Just when others say "me time" is the most important time right now, just when our lives become routine, just when some think that they will never hear the voice of God, it happens.
It is at this "just when" time that we hear, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." God commands our attention. God speaks our name. And where God meets us and sends us is holy ground.
I think that it’s fair to say that most of us stutter at the thought of our ordinary selves being useful to the Most Holy. But God says, "I will teach you what to say and show you what I need from you." God asks us to use the ordinary tools and skills that we use every day and in an act of faith, throw them on the ground, as did Moses with his shepherd’s staff. God takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.
God asks some of us to go into the prisons and holy ground is found behind those locked doors. Some are asked to serve in soup kitchens and shelters; God is there too. In our workplaces, you will hear whispers to "take off your shoes … this is holy ground" as opportunities are placed before you. When you are moved to look into the sad eyes of the abused, the weary eyes of the homeless, or the wisdom-filled eyes of the aged, the moment becomes holy.
Just when you thought that holy ground is found only at any of the beautiful churches where we worship, God appears to us in very personal and surprising ways. It might be a moment that is dramatic … a "burning bush" moment … or it might be in a tugging and burning within our hearts that cannot be ignored. Whatever the case, this face-to-face encounter with God is equally as holy.
How awesome and humbling it is when we realize that God has been at work throughout our lives to bring us to this "holy ground" moment. Just when we thought that it was enough to be good, God calls our names.