One Sunday, my wife and I were driving to a church service some distance from where we live. It was quite early that morning, and there was not much traffic on the road. We met a few cars, and then among them was big rig with a grocery store logo on the side. We concluded that this big truck was on its way to one of the grocery stores in the nearby city. This meant, of course, that the driver had to work, and so did the people in the store who were to help unload it.
We talked about this for a while and commented on the fact that we never used to see that in "the olden days". How things have changed, not just from a Christian point of view, but also how it affects families. Those involved had to work. They could not go to church together or have "family time", as we like to call it now.
While we were driving along, we passed a big swampy area with a lot of dried-out reeds still in it. On the side of the road, looking things over, were two Canada geese, obviously a pair looking for a place to build a nest as spring was approaching here in southern Ontario, Canada. It was time to plan ahead, time for the goose to lay her eggs, and for the two of them to hatch them and raise their young ones.
God in His infinite wisdom has created the different species to behave in a certain way, and it seems that in the animal kingdom not much has changed. In nature, they go about their business as they always have.
On our way to church, we talked about these two subjects some more. People have to work on Sunday because the stores are open. It is all about profits and the bottom line. Many people have now become used to shopping on Sunday. What happened, and where did we go wrong?
Ecclesiastes 1:3-4 – What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the earth abides forever. (NKJV)
It was so wonderful to see the geese planning for the future, just as God intended them and as they always have. It would also be great if human beings would behave in the way that God intended and as the Bible tells us:
Exodus 20:8-9,11b – Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. … The Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (NKJV)
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, it is our prayer that all of us will once again honour the Lord's Day as our Sabbath day of rest and worship. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.
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