Dear Sabbath Seekers,
I recently bought a card that says “Lying on your back watching the clouds is never a waste of time, especially when I am with you.” It is a sweet sentiment between human beings. And even without another person to watch the clouds with, it is soooo true. A little cloud watching is never, ever a waste of time.
But what if that card came from God? What if God sent you that card? Better yet, let’s assume God did send you that card. What would you do? Would you run out and look at the clouds knowing that God was with you? Would you spend some down time with God just absorbing the beauty of the skies?
Or would you say, “Not now, God, I’ve got a ton of things to do and I’ll never be ready for Christmas if I stop and waste, oops I mean, and watch the clouds float by.” Unfortunately, I can hear myself saying this. Down time is idle time in our frenetic lives, isn’t it?
And yet, this card sums up Sabbath beautifully. Stopping your normal routine to gaze upon the heavens with God is a weekly command no matter what the demands are upon your day.
During this season of Advent and waiting for the light to break through the darkness maybe we should take this sky gazing one step further. Why not gaze at the stars, too? Just as the Magi did so many centuries ago, we could watch the stars, look at the vastness of the heavens and marvel that in this whole universe we mattered enough to God to give us Emmanuel…God with us.
So stop. Look up at the heavens day or night and be knocked off your feet by the power, beauty of magnitude of God’s love for us.
“Moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, ‘Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look anyway?'”
Psalm 8.3-4 The Message
Happy Sabbath gazing,