Good Morning, God!
Yesterday was The Sabbath Day — I took a friend to the airport, dropped off stuff at Arcadia, went to the 7:00 a.m. service and came home to have breakfast with Kit who had been out running in a race.
That was not, perhaps, the best start for The Sabbath, was it.
Why am I such a busy little bee? The answer FLASHED through my mind, God! I’m a Woman and I hear stuff crying out to be DONE. So, maybe you were just talking to men, God? Quite the contrary — who needs the COMMANDMENT MORE — men or women?
Sigh. Good Point, God. For a while I thought that I could get everything done ahead of time and then relax and enjoy the rest. But, now that I am stopping and pondering it, I can see it isn’t about Being Done. It is about my FOCUS. It is about taking my eye off of the Surrounding Stuff and focusing on the Encircling Cloud of Witnesses and pink hibiscus and Kit.
Do I hear You saying it might also be about my keeping my commitments to myself? Like taking CARE of MYSELF and not imagining that I can Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound — like Superman — or superwoman? You mean THAT? Like RESPECTING myself as if I were Someone Else?
The trouble is, God, that I KNOW that both YOU and I will forgive me! Forgiveness doesn’t mean there are no consequences. Oh. I am beginning to see, God, that this is Sabbath business is a FAR more serious matter than I want to realize. Please help me learn to rest, God!