This previous weekend we went to the southwest mountains of Virginia and while there, we drove down to the Banner Elk and Boone North Carolina communities to look around. (we love to shop consignment stores and there are lots of them in the area.)
While we were in the area, we stopped at a place that rents cabins by the day or week to look at their facilities for a possible stay at a later date with the family. The people who own the facilities are good Christian people, which you could even tell by their website. One of the owners met us on the property and showed us around the cabins and all of the amenities and we talked quite a bit as we walked about.
The more we talked, the more it was evident that a godly man and woman who constantly sought the Lord were owners here. That made us both happy, as too many times people are scared to even acknowledge to a stranger that they are a Christian. And when I know of a Christian business in an area that I am in, I will try to give them my business.
Anyway, she told us about a place that we should visit nearby that she had visited and prayed while parked on the property. It was a storage facility. You know, the kind where the buildings are metal, long and really non distinct because every other facility looks the same as they do. Not exactly what you would perceive as hallowed ground.
When we left her place, we stopped at the facility. When we pulled onto the parking area in front of the metal buildings, you could feel something different. A calming came over me. A peace settled in, and at once I knew this place was different.
We sat in the car for a few moments and took it all in. Big metal buildings, orange roll up doors and gravel scattered around for parking and driving between the buildings. Then we saw it. The cross. It stood to the side of the buildings at the base of a hill that leads up to the office. The base of the cross is surrounded by stone and a crown of thorns sits at the top where the horizontal and vertical beams of the cross meet. There is a waterfall to the right of it that keeps a soothing sound flowing toward you and blocks some of the distraction of the road for the visitor.
We got out of the vehicle and walked up to the base of the cross, hand in hand, and stood there for a few minutes, just staring at the site before us. Two birds appeared from nowhere, squawking as they neared our spot, circled the cross where we stood and then quitely flew away in the distance, not to be seen again. All we could do was bow our heads and pray. We had been burdened by something, and we left it there at the cross. Neither one of us spoke as we made our way back to our vehicle. We just let God speak to us.
Some people think you can only worship in a church building or on the grounds of such a facility. To them, I say go and stand there on this property for 5 minutes and then decide if you've been on Holy or holey ground.
When you dedicate your life, your family and your property to God, something just feels different about you and your surroundings. Others will sense it too. God can use anything if we only give it to Him first.
It is obvious that this property has been given to God. It is obvious to anyone who will take a few minutes and pull off of the road onto this place, that you are on Holy ground.
So my questions to you are: have you given your all to God? have you handed up your family, friends, possessions to God for safekeeping? have you dedicated yourself and all that you have to God? is your place of business that you own and/or home Holy or holey ground? for that matter, is your church Holy or holey ground? just because it is a church, doesn't mean it is christian or godly!
Take some time and examine all that is around you. Do you need to dedicate your life, your work, your family, your possessions or your church to God? Or did you at one time, but somehow the world has crept back in? Do you feel a difference where you are? Are you making a difference where you are?
If not, start now. Gather your family and friends and start to pray. Not a 5 second prayer. But a blood, sweat and tears prayer. The kind where you know you have touched Heaven. Show God that you're serious and that He isn't some afterthought.
Then see what kind of blessings are poured out upon you. God is just like a father (or sadly for some, what a father should be) who loves to be talked to, given thanks and encouragement, who will then heap the same back upon His family, His children as He watches them grow in knowledge and strength.
Thank you for stopping by, and may God bless you as you continually strive to live for Him.
ps ... if you would like to visit the storage facility/Holy ground, the address is:
2535 Tynecastle Highway (Hwy 184), Banner Elk, NC 28604
The Christian cabin facility where we visited in Banner Elk, NC: