“There’s a needle clear through my finger!” All I could do was think it, dramatically, because I had laryngitis and couldn’t scream. I was home alone, thought I could sew something up real quick and in my haste, caught my index finger with my sewing machine needle. Dumb, huh? Thankfully, it stalled the machine before it caught the thread from the bobbin and, well, that would have been even more awful.
My mind raced, I can’t call anyone because I can’t talk. Anyway, I left my cell phone upstairs. As blood fills my nailbed there is only one solution. I’ve got to reverse the mechanism and pull my finger free. I am brave, I can do this! It didn’t want to let go, but I took the machine wheel and backed it out. Went to the sink and flushed it and flushed it with cold water. After the bleeding stopped, the throbbing started.
My mind went back to when I was little and my mom passed down something her mother had warned her about, “Never sew on Sunday.” “Is that in the Bible?” I asked. I don’t remember her answer but my mother held to that rule like it was the eleventh commandment.
Do I need to tell you when I did this, it happened on a Sunday morning? Since I couldn’t talk, I had someone cover my Sunday School class for me and was home, trying to do something that I thought couldn’t wait. Pretty typical for me. Such a sinner. I was sick, I should be resting, but here I am, trying to be productive. Sorry Lord, lesson learned.
Truth is, we do need a day of rest. God gave us a gift when He gave us the Sabbath. Whether yours is Sunday or any other day of the week, you need to take it. Jesus addressed the Sabbath with this:
“And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:” Mark 2:27
God rested on the seventh day from all His creating as an example for us that one day out of seven should be a rest day. A pattern that is good to follow. One of the Ten Commandments is “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8) He goes on to explain the specifics in Exodus 20:10-11. Now in 31:15, the consequences of not keeping it were pretty steep – death – and I am thankful that Jesus clarified it for us when He came.
We should not forget to “keep it holy.” As we keep this day, we should also remember that it is an opportunity to devote ourselves to God, worship, pray and give Him our undistracted attention. You may recognize the consequences experienced for not keeping a Sabbath, such as exhaustion; physical, emotional, and spiritual because it is for our good that we keep it. We need it!
As a nurse, there were many Sundays that I had to work, illness and injury do not take a Sabbath! So it was for my good that I took another day of the week to just chill. Do the things I love and rest. Read an meditate on the Word of God. It was for my good that I did it.
Some folks always work on our so-called “Sabbath.” For Pastors and others that serve on Sundays, I believe they should take another day of the week to relax. Don’t feel guilty about it. God designed it for you! And go ahead and sew a little on that day, if that relaxes you. Just keep your fingers out of the path of the needle!