Barefoot Before God
“Take your sandals off your feet, for the place
where you stand is holy ground.” (Ex 3:5b)
A few years ago, whilst
researching into some amusing activities to do on a family holiday, we stumbled
across a rather unique museum to visit. Who would have thought that a whole
museum dedicated to shoes even existed! After our shoe museum expedition, I realized
that the human fascination with fancy footwear really is so varied and almost
Accessorizing aside, shoes form an
integral part of our daily lives. When we go about our daily routine, we always
remember to put on our shoes before leaving the house. Without putting on our
shoes to go outside, we really would not get very far from our front door!
Shoes, at the fundamental level, act as a form of protection for our feet, from
dirt, from the cold, or from objects that can hurt.
When Moses was called by God from
the burning bush (Ex 3:4), before he was even allowed to draw closer to the
presence of God, God’s first instruction to Moses was to take off his sandals. For
the place where he stood was sanctified ground. Moses had to stand before God
with bare feet.
Whatever our views about shoes are,
spiritually, what God wants for us is to stand before Him without anything on
our feet at all.
What does this exactly mean for
us? Our heart and mind are the directors of wherever we end up. Therefore,
“ponder the path of your feet . . . Remove your foot from evil.” (Prov 4:26-27).
When we take off our shoes before Him, we are casting aside our own wants and
desires. By taking off our shoes before God, we cast away our own means of
self-protection and we will not be able to wander away from Him.
So we all need to keep track of
ourselves constantly. We need to evaluate our own faith continuously: are we standing
firmly on the holy ground of our divine God; or have we ourselves unwittingly
veered away onto a path of our own making?
As we put on our shoes to the
leave the house each day, let it be a reminder for us to take off our shoes
before our holy Lord at all times.
Question for Reflection:
Have you taken your shoes off