It’s so tempting to miss church and enjoy a Sunday at the lake, isn’t it? After all, we rationalize, God made this wonderful creation and it would be a shame not to be outside enjoying it! Believe me, I do understand the rationale all too well.
How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! – Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880
Nature is kind and considerate. It does not say or do anything that may upset us and does not care what we do. There are moments when being in a beautiful place on God’s earth is the perfect balm for what ails us. Being outdoors should certainly be part of our everyday activities. When I taught the Kindergarten Sunday School class a few years ago, I made it a regular part of our lesson plan to go on “nature walks” where the children would find the most unusual things! When a child brings you a gift, you have to act like it is the greatest thing ever. That was easier at some times than others.
If we can remember to invite nature’s sun into our lives to provide relaxation and rest, and God’s Son into our lives to provide instruction, discipline, as well as peace and rest, we have a good formula for life!
Don’t deny yourself of fellowship with other believers. Some of the most interesting moments of my life happened in the church. I got to try Welsh Rarebit at a women’s church breakfast one time. Today just happens to be WELSH RAREBIT DAY!!! It’s akin to cheese on toast, but is made with cheese and sauce with Worcestershire and different spices. It was served as a sort of fondue with a poached egg on top. The name is believed to be a jest at the expense of the 18th Century poor of Wales.
As we enjoy the last few weeks of Summer, let’s take a good look at our SUN / SON ratio. ❤