For years I’ve had this special place at a local Christian camp. It’s this place tucked away along the trails where old Redwoods shoot up towards heaven and where three running creeks converge at a waterfall and then head downstream towards the ocean. So many times I’ve met with God, wrestled with God, and poured my heart out to God in this beautiful location. It’s a very special place to me! But Miley Cyrus, and her film crew, heard about my special place and they came and filmed a music video in the very place that is set aside for me and God. Who said they could come and do that!? If you care to watch Miley prancing around in her bikini in the music video for her song “Malibu” you can click on the link.
Last week I was able to get away for a time to spend some more time with my God in my special place at the waterfall. As I sat there I laughed out loud about the filming of Miley’s video in that place. What a nightmare it must have been to film and how intrusive it must have been in that quiet place. But of course to some people, who adore Miley the pop-star, that waterfall location is now more important because Miley has been there. Not me! Miley the pop star filming a video in my personal God-space is kind of hilarious. Miley’s video doesn’t make that place more important to me because nothing, and no one, can replace the many intimate and life-changing encounters I’ve had with God and that place. Do you have a sacred place that is reserved for you and God alone, a place that cannot be made more special or tainted by a pop stars music video?
This reminds of what the American poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning once observed:
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 and pluck blackberries.