Reflections on an Almost Sabbath Day

Morning Light in the monkey pod tree next to Atherton Chapel

Good Day, God!

This morning I made my own tea while Kit was still sleeping. Then I slipped back into bed — sipping and pondering what I wanted in my day. I knew that I had a Very Low Battery. It had been drained during the week by three outings with my husband, Kit. The outings were enjoyable — but they were Add-ons. EXTRAS!

It’s interesting, God, that I am beginning to “notice” when my internal battery signals that it is dangerously low. Grumpy  and gloomy would be two of the more noticeable signs.

As I lay there sipping tea and thinking about the Sabbath several verses came to mind. Jesus saying that the Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. Then Paul saying in Galations 5:1 that we had been set free and to stand then as free!

Ah, but the one verse that really reverberated was Jesus saying in Luke 14:5 if one of you has an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath will you not immediately pull it out?

I could SEE myself — an Ox down in a well — needing to be pulled out. Yes! But, how best to do that? I decided on a combination of things. First, I would go to church, get cash, return library books, get gas, and buy groceries. In short I would do the things that would improve tomorrow. Then I called and canceled two activities for tomorrow afternoon. I gave myself a Day at Home. That’s a biggie for me!

I’m learning, God, that activities that are a delight when my battery is over half-way charged are actually repellant when my battery is low. I like this “battery” concept God! It’s helpful!

And now? Please, God, bless me as I sleep.

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