Holy Ground

Lou Lotz

READ : Genesis 28:10-17

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it. (v. 16)

A friend of mine came home from Israel with a pinch of soil from the Garden of
Gethsemane. He thinks it is holy ground. Me, I think holy ground is not a place of
pilgrimage; it is wherever you happen to be when God finds you. For Jacob, it was an
ordinary stone in the desert. For you, it could be sitting in church, or rocking a baby in
the nursery, or lying on your back at night, watching the stars. Holy ground is where you
discover that God is in this place, and you didn’t expect it.

Think of Mary on Easter morning: she goes to the tomb expecting to find the body of her
dead friend. Instead, she meets a resurrected Christ. Think of the disciples on the road
to Emmaus: they expect to have a simple meal with a stranger they met on the road.
Instead, they dine with the risen Jesus. Think of the thief on the cross on Good Friday:
what an unlikely place to meet the Messiah! “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did
not know it. . . . How awesome is this place!”

Wherever God is is holy ground, and God shows up in the most unlikely places. Holy ground could be where you are right now.


Lord, make me sensitive to your presence. Amen.