Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Because as I was walking along a street in downtown Roswell, GA and approaching an art gallery that was having an exhibit of Dr. Seuss paintings, one of – what I thought were life-size stuffed props of – The Sneetches handed me a flyer. It scared the beejeebies out of me and everyone, including me, broke into uproarious laughter. I did NOT see that coming!
It put me in a playful and silly mood and I was much better able to enjoy the exhibit knowing that Dr. Seuss had once again brought out the child in me and made me laugh out loud.
I sometimes wonder if that is how God meant for Sabbath to be…We go through our week, walking down the sidewalks of life, watching where we are going, all business, agendas and to do lists in hand, moving with intention and skill like all good adults do when all of a sudden after six days or six blocks of this journey, God hands us a flyer in a total unexpected way and we jump. We are stopped in our tracks because we did not see it coming. The flyer says “Come on in from your busy life and sit a while enjoying the beauty and fun of life”.
Suddenly, we are released from our concentration and tasks and laugh. We are allowed to be playful and experience the joy and beauty around us from a new perspective.
Now that is the kind of Sabbath that I could really enjoy.
BTW As we were leaving the gallery and walking down the street to our car, a gentleman came around the corner and as he saw me, with a twinkle in his eye that looked oh so familiar, greeted me with a hearty laugh and asked “Having a great day?” How did he know?
Let God surprise you this week with something out of the ordinary that makes you stop and smile or laugh and changes you from a human doing to a human being totally enjoying the God-given moment.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17.22