Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Well, I find myself on my quarantine or lock down for the week-end. Seems that I have been bitten by some little eight legged creature or one of his/her cousins and my body is not happy. After a steroid injection and 4 prescriptions for more steroids and antibiotics, I was also told not to be around people who had compromised immune systems or infants because it might be staph or worse MRSA. Oh joy! And, of course, both groups of people were on my social calendar this weekend. So, I’m in my apartment with lots of time on my hands.
Perhaps that is the good news. I have no major distractions or things I have to do drawing me away from good quality time with myself or with God. The steroids have given me an incredible burst of energy so I am a bit like the energizer bunny not content to just sit and waste time on the TV or computer games.
Today is a day to reflect, write, pray, talk to God and just be. I plan to start with some scripture delving into what it is saying to me at this moment in my life. I want to listen for what God is telling me through this scripture and how I can apply it to my life. There are several ways to find a scripture – just open the Bible and point (always tried and true), use the daily reading from any number of websites (Bible Gateway is good), read the devotion for the day from your devotional book, or pick your favorite Psalm or story…you get the idea. Using a different translation from the one you usually read is another good way to hear the scripture in a new voice and listen for new insights.
So that is my intention for my Sabbath time with God, and now that I have let you know I have some accountability partners. Often my good intentions never come to fruition because the accountability factor isn’t there. Do you find that is true for you? You intend to do something like prayer, quiet time, devotions or Bible study and then before you know it the day has gone by and your intentions went with it.
Thanks for being my accountability partners. I hope you have someone in your life to whom you can turn for encouragement and support to carry out your intentions. If not, ask someone you trust and offer to be his/her partner.
Here’s to a ‘be-ing’ kind of day and, although I wouldn’t wish the reason for one on you, I hope you can carve one out this week too. And next week as well…I’ll be away next weekend, hopefully! So I won’t be publishing a Sabbath Moment. Two weeks of ‘be-ing’ is a good thing. Enjoy and be blessed.
“Be still and know I am God.” Psalm 46.10.
And, friends, here is the passage I opened to when I began my Sabbath moment….God is good, all the time!
“May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.” Psalm 20.1-5
Peace and Joy,