Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
~ Exodus 3:5
I guess it was the philosopher Virgil who first penned the words, "tempus fugit," that we know as "time flies." Our sense of time just seems to have evolved into segments that arrive and disappear before we manage to catch our breath, leaving very little to remember, unless it is one of those milestones that will remain in your mind forever.
The same can be said about sacred moments and sacred places. The grandeur of a cathedral or the canopy of the forest can leave you momentarily without words, only minutes later, to realize that the moment of sacredness has evolved.
I'm not sure if it is a requirement in our faith to have such moments, but I think that they obviously happen. I have often wondered what things caught the eye of Jesus as he walked the countryside? Do you think he stopped and touched the wet dew on the grasses, or breathed in the aroma of Sycamores after the rain, remembering the moment he considered it's creation?
There have been so many things in creation to allow us these moments.
I remember going into a cave once and the lights were turned out. I couldn't see a thing. My hand in front of my face could not be seen. But then, as my eyes explored the darkness I looked down to where a small stream was and I began to see a faint glow, as the fish journeyed, emitted the tiniest of neon glow. It was amazing.
I remember the fields of our farm, during the summer months, would make noise as the corn would push forth towards the sky, making sure it was knee-high by the Fourth of July, and as tall as a small tree just weeks later.
These are all incredible experiences that made my stop and look, listen, and wonder at the transformation and re-creation of God's amazing presence that we are being invited to experience; the awe of moments, and sights of sacredness.
I hope that we all experience at least one of these moments each day as time flies by us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, help me to recognize You in each moment. That my eyes may see Your beauty, and understand that sacredness. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.