Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Donkey in the Ditch
This Poor Donkey Needs Help !
Prior to my husband going
into business for himself, he enjoyed a full time job with a roofing contractor who
specialized in leak repairs.
Early one Sunday morning as
we prepared for church, our telephone rang.It was my husband’s boss with an emergency.The heavy rain during the night had created a
real problem for his Boss’s good customer.
Even though our work week was
Monday through Friday, this was a special request - - “HELP please, I need your
assistance,” said his boss.
I understood and watched as
my husband put on his work clothes and grabbed a rain coat and rain hat.
I prepared him a thermos with
some coffee and off he went in his pick up for his Sunday work assignment.
The children and I continued
getting ready for church.We were very
faithful to our church and never missed a service unless one of us was sick, so
Robert’s absence left a hole in the congregation.
After the service, one of our
friends, asked me where Robert was today.
I looked at our friend, and
decided to be clever so I said,“His
donkey fell in a ditch and Robert needed to go pull him out.”This man was a Plummer and knew the hazards
of an emergency call and he blinked but suddenly understood my answer.
Was it wrong for my husband
to work on a Sunday?In this case it was
important for him to do so.
Honestly it would be best if no one had to work on Sunday, but to be practical, it can't always be so.
Some will find it necessary
on their particular job to work on the Lord’s day.Other’s will try to find a job that does not
require Sunday labor.
At one time, I worked in a
hospital and we rotated Sundays and took our turns to work.
There are some professions we would not want to give them
their Sunday’s off, such as firemen, policemen, Hospitals and Emergency Room service to name a
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In the Bible, there were Religious leaders who were
sticklers for the law, and criticized Jesus when He and His disciples picked some
corn on the Sabbath and ate it.
Jesus found himself ridiculed
and questioned by the spiritual leaders when He healed on the Sabbath day.In fact they were extremely angry as he
ministered on the Sabbath.
Jesus told a story about
taking care of your animals on the Lord’s day.If your animal falls in a ditch on the Sabbath, will you not rescue him?The leaders did not answer Him, but in their
heart, they knew the answer and it was YES.
In life there are times when
we must go against convention in order to get the job done!
Have there been days when you
were impressed to help your neighbor but were too busy to do so?Was there an older woman at the store
struggling to put her groceries in the car, and you walked by?
How many times do we walk by
a situation and never realize that these may be the very ones Jesus meant when
he said, because you never did this to the least of these, you failed to do
this unto me.- - - Even on a Sunday?