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take off your sandals // Exodus 3:5

  • Anne Dahlhauser

    Anne blogs at Front Porch, Inspired about surrendering everyday living for sacred purposes. She and her husband, Jay, are founders of a ministry called The Bridge, focusing on missional living and advocacy for youth in vulnerable places of life. She holds an MA in Teaching Languages (TESOL and Spanish) and is a lover of words and the Word, culture and communication. Jay and Anne have five kids, a front door that can’t stay closed, and an abundance of messy, holy chaos at their neighborhood center/home in Iowa – of all places.

  • 2015 Dec 01
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 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5

In approaching the Most High, Moses is told to stop, to not come any closer, and to remove his sandals. I wonder what ran through Moses’ mind as he bent over, fumbling to get his shoes off. In doing so, he laid aside the filth that had likely accumulated on his shepherd-feet. And, he equated himself with shoeless servants and peasants.

But today, God doesn’t tell us to stop, to not come any closer, or to clean up first.

We come broken, full of good intentions and unrefined dreams. But, please, still come. We come with filth accumulated on our human hearts. But, still come. We come proud. We come empty. We come burdened. But, still come.

Because Jesus makes a way for us to come into God’s presence and to be changed. We can’t clean up enough or get it right enough to stand before Him.

There, in the presence of the Great I Am, we finally understand who we are and who He is. His holiness covers our humility and produces within us a deeper awareness of His love and purpose. And, in that place, we long to take off our sandals and bow low to the dirt before His majesty.

For, the love & sacrifice of Jesus doesn't command us but compels us to respond.


Lord, we praise you for making a way for us to stand in your presence. We come with all kinds of issues and baggage, but Lord don't let us stay that way; transform us. Jesus, we know we aren't changed because of our own efforts but because your love compels us to be more and more like you each day. Thank you for your holiness, your love, and your majesty that cause us to bow before you and you alone. In your name, Jesus, amen.

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