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I missed an appointment this week.  Has that ever happened to you?  

It's a good thing it wasn't with the President Of The United States of America!  However, to the person that I was supposed to meet, their feelings were hurt.  With good reason!  I set the appointment!  I promised over and over again that I would be there.  I wasn't.

Did you ever think about an appointment that God has made with you?  Would He feel bad if we didn't show up?




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"Appointed Time"
December 8, 2012

"Appointed Time"

 

I missed an appointment this week.

I was feeling under the weather (that creepin crud has run through my house). I got the chills. I couldn't get warm. I kept thinking, "Something hot to drink would be perfect." But, I was sick! I didn't feel like boiling water to make tea. I didn't feel like doing much of anything.

In my house I have laid claim to a big Red blanket, known to my family as, you guessed it, "Big Red". It is super thick and extra soft. It is actually quite heavy, perfect for gettin' snuggy! At 50 years old, it's my security blanket. 

I put on my sweatshirt sweatpants, heavy socks, and my "Yak's" wool hat, climbed under Big Red, and shivered. It was 8:00 pm. I lay there, shivering underneath the ponderous fabric of Big Red, and within minutes, I was asleep. 

At 3:00 pm, the next day, I awoke. My clothes soaked from sweating. (Who wouldn't sweat with all those clothes on!) Apparently, I slept through 3 phone calls, various text messages and other calendar alerts, and my appointment, that I had made, promising that I would be there! I didn't even realize that I had missed my appointment until the day after!

It threw my whole week off! To say that I was out of sorts would be an understatement. It's a big story, that has nothing to do with Sabbath, yet, for me, tonight as I write, I am aware of something so important to me. "The Sabbath was made for man..." I am so glad that I believe in that statement. I am so glad that it is a way of life to me. I am glad that it is here! I am not burdened by any sense of restriction or rule to follow. Rather, the Sabbath, well you could say, "It's Big Red."

No matter the burden, no matter the anxiety, when I climb under Big Red, everything seems to be OK. Oh, shivering, it may not seem to go away at first, but I am able to get the restoration that I need! The blanket didn't make me well. The Sabbath won't make you well either! But Big Red changed the conditions of things. I knew that once I wrapped up in it, I would be OK, that I would eventually get warm and that I would get the rest my body needed.

Maybe if you miss out on the Sabbath, what's really happening is you're leaving Big Red folded up in the corner.

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