Saturdays are supposed to be a day off. But we cram it full of shopping, cleaning, ballgames, and all kinds of running here and there.
They say confession is good for the soul…so here goes: I didn’t want to write this morning. When I woke up and thought about it, I wished I had been more diligent during the week so I could have slept in. Whose crazy idea was it to write a post daily? Oh, wait, it was mine. (Insert sigh here.)
Sitting down to type, I was right on the verge of grousing when God gave me a Gibbs smack. For those who don’t watch NCIS, it looks like this:
Now why would God give me a Gibbs smack?
To jar loose a few things I need to remember about him:
Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. Psalm 121:4
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8
Bottom line: God doesn’t take a day off.
The reason we need a Gibbs smack is due to that ridiculous habit we have of “tucking things in the back of our minds for future reference.” Don’t ask me how we accomplish that feat…but in the great file cabinet of our brain, we stick these important truths in the back drawer. Then when life gets crazy and we can’t handle things on our own, we go digging and searching…looking for God.
And he’s right there all time.
So, the next time you feel like giving in or giving up…or trying to take a day off from God, remember: He’s on duty, 24/7, 365. Pretty cool.
PRAYER: Thank you, God. Thank you for loving us too much to ever let us be on our own. Thank you for not turning your back on us, even when we’re much less faithful. If it takes a Gibbs smack for us to remember, we’ll receive it in the spirit of loving reminder and discipline from a Father’s heart of love. Amen.