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Wonders

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

Starfish on ShoreMy two-year old grandson delights in discovery.  Everything fascinates him, sparks his curiosity and attracts his attention.  With each new encounter he lets us know how he feels with a gasp, an ohhh or a giggle.  He puts his little face as close as he can get it to check out a flower or a hinge.  He claps when the music stops no matter where he is – home, car or in a store.  He squeals with delight when he sees his sister, mom, dad or Nana and Papa.  Giving his dog hugs and kisses is a favorite pasttime. Seeing a camera brings a squinched up “cheese” and reviewing pictures keeps him entertained. 

Watching him so present to all that is going on around him is a privilege and he reminds me that the world is full of wonders  that I take for granted or feel I am too sophisticated to ohhh and ahh, gasp or giggle over.  flexible kidsMaybe that is why Jesus said that unless we become like little children we will never see the Kingdom of Heaven.  Heavenly images are all around us.  Delights, wonders and miracles fill our days.  But without the eyes of a child I only see what my jaded, cynical and wounded eyes want to see.  Sabbath was meant to be a day of wonder, gasps and giggles.  Wonder at the story of God and God’s people.  Gasps at the faithfulness of God to save and guide God’s people.  And giggles of joy that we are blessed by knowing this. 

Peacock with Outstretched FeathersWhat would happen if you looked at the world this week through the eyes of a two-year old?  What would you see that you have missed?  How would your attitude change?  Where would you find the wonders in your life?  When would you gasp in delight?  How often would you break out in giggles? 

Join me this week in doing just that.  I am pretty sure that God will delight with us and that our impact on those around us will increase a thousand fold.

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, that those who love our name may rejoice in you.”  Psalm 5.11

Blessings,

Nancy 

A Sabbath Tornado

Dear Sabbath Seekers,

tornadoIt isn’t often that during the opening remarks of a church service, I hear the words “We are under a Tornado watch right now, folks, and we have people watching the news.  They will tell us if we have to move to the basement.”  I can tell you that it was one church announcement I actually listened to and heard!!!

And try as I might to focus on the service, I found myself wondering how all the people would exit the sanctuary, get down the stairs and into the basement in time if a tornado hit.  crowded stariwayYou see I am not from Tornado country.  I come from blizzard country where we either have days of warning and a choice to stay home or it hits fast and we just stay put.  But a tornado is a whole different breed of storm in my book.  They just plain scare me.  (I’m also not used to being in a church service with hundreds of people either). I know they can come out of a thunderstorm at a rapid pace and often there is little time to take cover before the freight train winds blow everything down in their path.  

The distraction of the pastor’s announcement also showed me how quickly fear can interfere with my worship/Sabbath time.  The very God I am worshiping is the God who says over and over (365 times to be exact) “be not afraid”; and yet, I was afraid and I was not worshiping.  I was worrying.  It can also be true when I don’t take Sabbath moments because I am too busy doing other things (which I would worry about if I weren’t doing them) or I let distractions invade my heart, mind and soul instead of giving them over to God and finding the peace that only God can bring.  The connection was not lost on me, tyvm, God.

“Martha, Martha (or Nancy,Nancy)”, Jesus says, “you are worried and distracted by so many things.  Mary has chosen the better course and it will not be taken away from her.”  Sitting in worship, at the feet of Jesus, and being distracted by a potential weather threat put me right in the story with Martha, Mary and Jesus.  And once again I saw myself aligned with Martha rather than Mary.

How many more times will I let my own fears, worries or distractions take the better course be taken from me?

The good news is that the setting of worship won me over and I soon forgot about the weather threat and focused on why I was there.  And it really is true that there is a peace that passes all understanding when my heart, mind and spirit turned toward Jesus.  peaceful-sunset-4527633

This was a good lesson for me not only for the next tornado watch but for the next time I feel too distracted to enter into some Sabbath time with God.

“But there is something that I am looking for: a person plain and simple, reverently responsive to what I say.”  Isaiah 66.2b The Message

Blessings,

Nancy

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