Back in my Collegiate Ministry days, one of the first things discussed at the beginning of each year by our student leadership team was our theme for the year. There was usually a quote or a scripture passage and then logos and t-shirt designs would follow. One of my very favorite t-shirts emerged from that process during the 1995-96 academic year at Louisiana College. “Shoeless” was all that was printed on the front of the shirt. The image to the right was on the back. It proved to be very popular. (Those are Scott’s feet…I didn’t want to know how he stood on the copier)
(True story: A group of students and I attended a Rich Mullins concert in Lafayette, LA that year. We hung around afterward so people could get some autographs. One of the students came to me (Lori) and said, “Rich Mullins wants your shirt!” I walked over to the merchandise table where he was busy signing things and he said, “Can I have your shirt?” My response was, “Uh…sure…uh…I’ll send you one.” Mullins: “no…that one…I’ll trade you…you can have one of these.” Simultaneously awkward and cool moment.)
The quote is from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “Aurora Leigh”. It seems to turn up often in EBB quotes. ( I’ve used it about almost 4 years ago on this blog).
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries
Your assignment…if you choose to accept it: Take off your shoes! This can be figuratively or literally. Look around for the holy ground we so easily pass right by without ever noticing! Don’t let this day be chained and defined by a dry and godless routine. Be aware…God will begin to become evident in surprising places and people. You might even be one of those common bushes for someone else. (share you’re burning bush stories below)