“God said, ‘Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.’” Exodus 3:5
Moses came across a burning bush and heard a voice. God became visible to Moses through an angel of the Lord in the form of the burning bush. Throughout the Bible, fire represents “purifying and refining,“ as in the quality of God’s infinite holiness. God commanded Moses to remove his sandals. Barefoot, one cannot walk on rocky or sun-heated ground, which kept Moses from getting any closer to the bush—a natural gap between God and Moses.
Years ago, I witnessed a burning bush. We had driven into our driveway, and a passenger in our car opened the backdoor, lit a small firecracker and tossed it toward the neighbor’s house. Within seconds the whole bush at the corner of the house went up in flames. We scrambled to get a hose and put the fire out as quickly as it had gone up in flames. Fortunately, only the dead needles in the bush burned, and the owners never knew of the burning bush escapade.
I know the only way I can see God face-to-face is to become obedient and faithful to God while still on Earth. Fortunately, God sent his son to show the way to heaven is through Jesus and the power of forgiveness. Sometimes, it’s necessary to put on a pair of sandals for the rocky roads in our life.
Lord, help us hear your call however it appears. Amen.