It’s Thursday; my only real day off this week. My Wednesday night class is now behind me and the kids’ quiz practice and party is tomorrow. Figures it would be a bad weather day. Severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes are on the menu. A day off should allow for a state of “no-alert” status, shouldn’t it?
Does God give us down-time? Maybe; but I’m pretty sure He has His time in mind, not mine. It’s possible that I’m just lazy. “After all”, I tell everyone, “that’s why I homeschool. I hate to get up in the morning.” During a conversation with someone that I can’t be so casual with, I say, “I love homeschooling’s flexibility; life happens and we can work around it.” Either way, I’d love to have a real day off once in a while.
In my secret fantasy life, I’m wrapped in my favorite quilt in front of the fireplace on my overstuffed sofa sipping latté and reading my favorite book (or maybe even working a crossword or sudoko puzzle). Never mind that I don’t have an overstuffed sofa or a fireplace. We’re in my fantasy now; remember? There are no kids to worry about. I have no idea where they are … and in this dream, I’m not supposed to.
The most important part of this whole fantasy is … the absence of guilt. A totally unfettered, unhindered, guiltless day off, that’s what I want. Is it too much to ask?
I’ve taken a short break from writing just now to watch four bunnies and a squirrel romping around in my back yard. I wonder if they’re finished with their chores and have “scheduled” this playtime. The Bible says that God takes care of the birds and the grass, or something like that … they don’t have to worry about a “to do” list or concern themselves with time management issues. Why is it that we’ve burdened ourselves with so much responsibility?
Okay, I get the whole “you have to work to eat” thing. And I even understand the story of the “fall” in the Garden of Eden. God intended for us to have sweat on our brow. It’s the price we pay for that whole “apple incident”. But please allow me to escort you to Genesis 2:2. It says that God finished with His work and RESTED. In Genesis 2:3 it says that WE are supposed to rest also. He blessed that day and made it Holy. I even found a passage in the KJV that says you should cook your Sunday meal on Saturday so you can truly devote your day to God on Sunday. Shamefully I’ll admit; I’m still working on that one. Sometimes I think Sunday is the busiest day of the week for us. Getting all the children out of bed, dressed (properly) and out the door in time for Sunday school is our closest attempt at structure all week. I’ve never made allowances for that whole “finding mommy’s other shoe” scenario. Hmmm, I wonder why?
I say it must be the fault of the “non-believers”. They don’t read the Bible; therefore do not understand the importance of taking at least one day off. They continue to busy themselves with normal everyday activities, keeping stores open and running the businesses in order to satisfy the bottom line. This in turn, requires Believers to participate in the rat race to keep up. It’s a vicious cycle.
We need to save all these non-believers from themselves! Yes, I know it’s a bit selfish on my part; but enlightenment is the focus here. Stay focused. If “they” all believed as we presume, that you should rest…take a day off; then stores would be closed, fast food restaurant employees and even the truck drivers could enjoy some time with their families. There would be no rushing out to buy something for the meal at least; you shouldn’t be cooking on Sunday, remember? Fast food restaurants’ closed doors should pose no problem; you’ve prepared that meal in advance, right? Moms AND dads and whole families could attend the services. Wouldn’t that be great? Think of attendance spikes! More importantly, think of souls won for Christ.
Yes, it’s a mutually beneficial solution. EVERYONE should take Sunday off! Well…except the pastors…and the worship teams; but we’re all in this together right? They can have a different day of the week off. We’ll still all have to get up and go to church…but there’s no rush. It will be a time to look forward to, a pleasurable undertaking. And when we meet Christ at the altar, it will be well worth a little lack of sleep. When we see that individual we’ve been praying for for so long kneeling at the altar…well, I just can’t explain what that will do for you.
I need to head for the basement now. Glad I could get that off my chest. Maybe my shoe is down there.
PS. Maybe you could talk to your boss about getting this Sunday off. Just a thought.
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This is well written, Tammy, but it's wishful thinking regarding the unbelievers. They know nothing of God and they will keep right on working seven days a week and not reading their Bibles. That is until we get out there and give them the Good News of Christ. Then and only then will your rosy picture of the last few paras come to fruition.