Dear Fellow Pilgrims on the way to Heaven,
I like to make lists of things I need to do so I won’t forget or always feel like something I can’t remember is hanging over my head. I find it so satisfying and joyful to then be able to catch up and cross everything off the list!
How much more important and fulfilling it is to take time to catch up with God. That is part of what takes place when we honor the Sabbath. We stop and cease from our labors, to rest and take time with Him.
Sometimes we catch up with Him by remembering to tell Him how much we love Him. It reminds me of a story of a pastor who went to his prayer room with instructions to his wife that no one was to bother him during that time. His little daughter got past his wife’s vigilance and entered the room. At first the pastor was displeased until he heard his daughter say, “You’ve been so busy lately, I just haven’t had time to tell you that I love you, and I want to give you a hug.” That melted the pastor’s heart, and after his daughter hugged him and left, he turned to the Lord in prayer and said the same thing.
At other times we catch up with Him by taking time to thank Him for the blessings of the week. “If you owe Him any glory, better start that debt to pay.” We can never fully pay the debt of glory that is due Him, but taking time to thank Him on the Sabbath is a great way to start. It is often when we take time to stop and think at the beginning of the Sabbath, that we remember many different ways God has blessed and answered our prayers during the week for which He deserves our glory and praise!
Finally, the Sabbath is a day for rest, and sometimes we need to catch up on our sleep. It’s amazing how much better we feel after we’ve had a day of rest! Our minds are renewed for facing another work week, and the change in attitude can sometimes be very dramatic.
There is a joy and satisfaction in catching up each week by honoring the Sabbath.
Have a great catch-up day!