It was Arkansas.  The farm was 100 acres or so.  The house sat at the foot of one of the hills.  Springs ran out of the hills between the rocks.  On summer nights when the warm air rose, cool breezes swept into the yard and through the windows and air-conditioned our home.  It was a piece of God’s good earth where He allowed us to “live, move and have our being” (Acts 17:28a).  There was a little country church about a mile and a half away.  It was holy ground!

I heard of God through my parents and our church as far back as I can remember.  I believed.  It was normal with us and the neighbors and friends in the community.  There were multiple churches and folks visited all of them.  These were part of our social lives.  Saints and sinners went to church.  The Word we heard sank deep down into our hearts.  We heard there was a straight, narrow way and a broad way.  One led to Heaven; the other led to Hell.  God was blessing America with great freedoms and we were partakers of His goodness. 

Everywhere we saw God.  There was life all around.  The rocks, the trees, strawberries, the springs, the animals, all of His creation but especially the families.  Babies, boys, girls, parents, grandparents all spoke of a Great Creator.  “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalm 19:1).  All people hear the message of creation.  We did.  God was everywhere!

But don’t doubt that Satan wants to spoil good lives.  He presented temptations to the grand creation of God; some yielded and walked away from Him.  It’s easy for our flesh to ignore truth.  I was 15 and looking toward the world outside the church and my Mother’s teaching.  But it was on one of those warm August nights with the breezes coming through the window, the moonlight too, when I had a very special visit from God.  It was amazing!  I’ve never been the same since!  I walked the aisle in a neighboring church that was in revival and committed my heart and life to God.  It was glorious!

I’m so thankful God loves us and takes care of us (if we let Him) when we don’t know how to guide ourselves!  His Presence and communication with me was so loving and joyous!  He will and does do the same for everybody! 

“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence” (Psalm 139:7)?  God is everywhere all the time, loves everybody, has all power and all knowledge.  He can and will save to the uttermost!  He compels by His love and mercy but He doesn’t force a person to accept His redemption.  We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a).  He saw us at conception and He sees our futures.  The choice is ours: eternal life or eternal death.

He keeps wooing, speaking and blessing until the end of life.  He does not want anyone to perish.  “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!  How great is the sum of them” (Psalm 139:17)!  It may not be easy to choose the narrow way of holiness, but freedom from fleshly living, Satan and sin is rapturous!  You’ll be glad you did!

Moses was keeping sheep, his daily occupation.  He noticed a bush on fire but it didn’t burn up!  He saw an angel in the midst of that burning bush!  He turned aside to look at this awesome occurrence.  When God saw he was paying attention, He spoke to him.  God called his name and Moses answered, “Here am I” (Exodus 3:4).  He was on holy ground!  The Great I Am was calling him to deliver the Hebrews out of Egyptian bondage! 

Moses had known for years that he would lead God’s people out of slavery and oppression.  Now it was time!  God had seen their affliction, heard their cries and knew their sorrows!  Moses, with God working through him, led the nation out “with an high hand” (Exodus 14:8).  What if Moses hadn’t “turned aside” (Exodus 3:3a)?  God has a plan for you and your people!

Don’t take the manifestation of God lightly.  The void you feel, the sense of right and wrong in your conscience, the blessings you have every day, creation all around you are God speaking.  You are on holy ground!  Answer affirmatively!  He hears your groaning and weeping!  He sees your affliction and sorrow!  He wants to lead you out of spiritual bondage!  Take the high road!  It’s a good way!

“I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3b). 

“In every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10:35).

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Holy Ground

In His Presence there is joy

Beyond measure,

And at His feet peace of mind

Can still be found.

If you have a need I know

He has the answer.

Reach out and claim it

For you are standing in His Presence

On holy ground.

 Betty Carlton and her husband  live in Claremore, Oklahoma.  They have Arkansas roots.  He was raised in Prim and attended the Holiness church there.  She is from Morrow and has a Pentecostal background.  They  raised four children and are in their senior years.  They have preached and pastored many years in Arkansas and Oklahoma.