Saturday, March 14th, 2020
The Israelites struggled with resting on the Sabbath and lacked faith in God to provide for their basic food needs. God had given specific instructions on collecting food on Saturday but in Exodus 16:27, we read that on the seventh day some people went out to gather and found none. Rev. Sam offers, what I believe to be a great observation. The Israelites had been captives and slaves for over 400 years in Egypt. They were most likely made to work every day and for long hours building for the Pharaohs. Perhaps, they were unfamiliar with “resting” on the Sabbath in a practical manner. Old habits are hard to break.
We can learn and apply lessons from this passage as well, especially given the current global circumstances we are facing with COVID-19. I saw first hand yesterday some of the devastation caused in the local grocery store near me. I simply wanted to purchase some bologna, chips and buns for to my lunch intake to work. I found the aisles practically empty, the luncheon meat choices I had were 2, neither were bologna. I settled for pickle loaf. It is truly sad how people are reacting to this situation. I will admit the media has not helped to calm the masses and people are simply not listening to sound advice. People are living in fear! Following the basic instruction of the CDC and local health officials is vital. Many people will have the virus and show little to no signs based upon their health and immune system. Taking safety precautions such as washing your hands frequently and not touching your face will increase your protection as well as limiting your physical contact with others through hand shaking and hugging. If you are feeling ill, do not go out into densely populated public areas or to work. These simply guidelines will assist you and protect others. Use cell phones for staying in touch with friends and loved ones. Go old school, hand write some letters, journal, rest and relax by watching movies, reading a book, and investing in you!
Pick a full day or half day when you can practice resting and not working. 🙏🏻💤🌙☀️🌺😊🌸💙
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.