I’m by myself today in my home. This doesn’t happen very often. One of my children is on a trip, and the other is at his internship. And, of course, my husband is at work. I have Christian music playing from my Spotify list, and I am writing this post. It is quiet and peaceful. God is present like He has been present since the beginning of my day.
The author is talking about sacred places today, about how she has a special place in her home where she goes when she wants to talk to God. It’s not the only place where she goes, but it’s the place where she’s intentional. It’s special to her.
All through the Old Testament, it talks about the places God goes and how these places are sacred. Moses even had to take his sandals off to be with God. From Exodus 3:5, “‘Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.'” People recognized that God was holy and deserved our reverence. They also were bound by God’s law that said they needed to recognize this.
We’re not bound by Old Testament law anymore because we have Jesus and because the Holy Spirit lives in us. We can talk to God through Jesus anytime and anywhere. It’s amazing! God’s grace is amazing! But, I think we might have lost something through this immediate access. God is holy too! We should revere Him and make talking to Him a priority with our reverence.
This is something I know I need to work on. I live in a small home with three other people during the summer and two other people during the school year. There’s always the possibility of an interruption which is why I write my prayers down more often than not, why I say them inside of my head, and why I don’t have a sacred space within my home. I admit I have a tendency to be self-conscious about praying out loud, and I also can be easily distracted which is why I’m glad it’s quiet here today. I can talk to God out loud when I’m by myself. It’s not a problem at all.
There is a space I consider sacred though, but it’s not inside my home. It’s at the lake which is near my home. I can walk down there and view God’s creation. The plants, animals, water, trees, sky, clouds–it’s all amazing. This place is holy ground for me. I can go down there and breathe, and the world doesn’t seem so bad. I pray too and ask God to give me strength to cope. Maybe, that needs to be the place I go when I want to talk to God–my sacred place.
But, I’m not always intentional about going out there. Sometimes, it’s raining. Sometimes, it’s too hot. Occasionally, it’s snowing or too cold. (That’s weather in the southeastern United States for you. 🙂 ) So, I think I might need to figure out a place where I can go and pray inside my home. A place where I will be the least likely to be distracted. A place that is sacred. Like the author says, “Brave people are intentional people, and you’ve got to be intentional about your time with the Lord. You can’t expect to be brave without spending time with Him–which is the whole reason you can be brave.” (100 Days to Brave, Annie F. Downs) This is something I want with all my heart–the ability to be brave in God’s presence and in the presence of others! May God be with us as we seek Him today!
Praying God’s blessings on you all today!