Emily Belle Freeman



Take Off Your Shoes

Exodus 4:10 - Exodus 8:31

One more thought from yesterdays reading…I just can’t pass this one by.

In the very beginning of the book of Exodus we read the story of Moses and the burning bush.

“And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.  And he said, Here am I.

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off they feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob…I have surely seen the affliction of my people…and have heard their cry…I know their sorrows;

And I am come down to deliver them…”

(Exodus 3:2-8, emphasis added.)

Notice that it wasn’t until after Moses turned aside to see the great sight that the place where he stood became holy unto him.

He stopped what he was doing, laid aside the task he was focused on, and took a moment to find the glory of God in the middle of the ordinary details of his day.  He noticed the miracle in the midst of the mundane.

How do we learn to do that?

How can we find a way to stop what we are doing, lay aside the task we are focused on, and recognize the glory of God in the middle of the ordinary details of our day?

If we could learn to do that we, too, might discover holy moments in our midst.

Elizabeth Barret Browning said, “Every common bush is afire with God ––but only he who sees takes off his shoes.”

Only he who sees.

The Lord is everywhere. His mercies and His miracles surround us.

Turn aside to see the great sight.

Take off your shoes.


Emily Freeman