Day 39 Exodus 3:5
“Take off your sandals, for the place
where you are standing is holy ground.”
Here is an amazing prayer story. Years ago, author Ken Gaub and his family were traveling on I-75 near Dayton, OH when they decided to stop to eat. Ken’s wife and children went right into the restaurant but Ken wanted to stretch his legs a bit so took a short walk. As he walked past a nearby gas station, he heard a pay phone ringing. It kept ringing, and Ken thought it might be some sort of emergency, so he answered it. He heard the voice of the operator say, “Long distance for Ken Gaub.”
Ken almost passed out. He said, “You’ve got to be kidding me. I was just walking in the middle of nowhere and heard this phone ringing.” The confused operator said, “Is Ken Gaub there?” After making sure there weren’t any candid cameras, he said, “This is Ken Gaub.”
The voice on the other side of the line said, “Mr. Gaub, my name is Millie. I’m from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You don’t know me, but I need your help.” She went on to explain that she had just written a suicide note but had decided to give prayer one more try. She said, “God, I don’t really want to do this.” And as she prayed, she remembered seeing him on television. She thought to herself, “If I could just talk with him, he could help me.” But this was pre-Google, making it extremely difficult to track him down. As she prayed, some numbers popped into her head, and she wrote them on a piece of paper. She couldn’t help but think, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if God were giving me Ken’s number?” Then Millie said, “I decided to try calling the number, and I couldn’t believe it when the operator said it was you.”
Millie asked Ken, “Are you in your office?” When Ken said no, Millie sounded surprised. She said, “There where are you?” Ken said, “You made the call. Don’t you know?” She said, “I don’t even know what area I’m calling, I just dialed the number on a piece of paper.” Ken said, “You won’t believe this, I’m in a phone booth in Dayton, Ohio.” Millie replied, “What are you doing there?” Ken said, “Answering a pay phone!”
Ken concluded this from the call:
“I walked away from that phone booth with an electrifying sense of our heavenly Father’s concern for each of His children. What were the astronomical odds of this happening? With all the millions of phones and innumerable combinations of numbers, only an all-knowing God could have caused that woman to dial that number in that phone booth at that moment in time.”
God cares about every detail of your life. Have you had moments in your life where you have been able to recognize that? In those moments we need to take off our shoes, because we know we are standing on holy ground.
There are two time in scripture that God makes the command, “take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.” Once with Moses when he sees the burning bush and once for Joshua before they circle the city of Jericho. God didn’t say those words when they were in the Promised Land. Moses was on the back side of the desert. It was where he was standing. Don’t wait until you get to the Promised Land to worship God. We need to worship God all along the way! This is holy ground. This is a holy moment. Right here. Right now.
Take off your sandals!