An Uneventful Day (Sabbatical Post)


I receive a message from Google Calendar every day. It is the same message. It rarely, and I mean rarely, changes. It says, “You have no events scheduled today.”


???????????????????????????????Sounds pretty boring doesn’t it? It is! I’m not saying that I don’t do anything, because I do. But for the most part they are spontaneous things. Spur of the moment events that aren’t written on anyone’s calendar.


Occasionally, there will be a planned event. If I remember, I put it on my Google Calendar. Just to get something different than, “You have no events scheduled today.” So like I said earlier, it rarely happens.


I’m sure there are plenty of people in this world who would love to get this message. A day that is unscheduled. A day that requires nothing from them. A day where no events are scheduled. For that group of people, I pray that you find some time for just that. A quiet day.


For me and people like me, perhaps we need to find something eventful to put on our calendar!


I’m also sure there were days when some of our Biblical friends would have liked an uneventful day.


How about Joshua? Between preparing himself and Israel for battle and battle, he was a pretty busy guy.


Or what about King David? He stayed very busy from the time he was a shepherd to the time he led the great nation of Israel. Killing giants, writing poetry and music, receiving and designing plans for the Temple were just a few of the things that kept him busy.


Of course, I would have to mention Jesus. He certainly wasn’t idle. His schedule was busy from the time He woke in the morning long into the night. There were healings, teaching, interaction with others, debating with Jewish leaders, and His day typically ended in prayer time with His Father late at night. There were no non-eventful days for Jesus.


And then there were those who experienced uneventful days for years on end. Like the Hebrew nation wandering in the wilderness. Their message would have been the same each day. “Pick up manna. Move to next location. Sleep. Pick up manna. Move to next location. Sleep.”


Oh there were a few eventful days during this time period, like the days when God visited Moses and Joshua (Exodus 33:7-11). Maybe these were the days the people looked forward to.


Whether we have eventful days or not, we must be sure to make time for God in the midst of it. Prayer, Bible study, personal devotions, meditation, whatever you might call it, must be part of our day.


It may not need to go on your schedule, but maybe it does. If you have difficulty thinking of this important element in your life, put it on your calendar to be reminded. After a while, it will become natural and habitual. Your desire to be with God will take precedence over your memory.


It may be an uneventful day for you today. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be filled with events that are meaningful. A phone call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. A card written to someone who is experiencing loss. A connection in the grocery store line.


A visit with your neighbor across the fence. A smile to that person having a difficult day. Acknowledgment of those who rarely are acknowledged. You know there are more. Our spiritual eyes need to be open to these events where we can make a difference in another’s life.


If my physical schedule is uneventful today, that doesn’t mean my spiritual schedule will be the same. No, I can guarantee on the days when my mind and body are not filled with the busyness of life, these are the days God pours His knowledge and wisdom into my soul. He keeps me pretty busy on days such as this. I wonder if you have experienced the same.


Regardless of what our day holds, Scripture tells us that we are to be ready for it. Paul asked Titus to remind the people of a few things. “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.” (Titus 3:1-2 – NIV)


Did you catch the phrase “be ready to do whatever is good?” Doing good may not be on our calendars today, but it should be. We are to be ready to do so.


We also are asked to be prepared to give an answer. 2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV) gives instruction to Timothy from Paul, but we also need to heed the message. “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”


We must be prepared for our day and the only way we can possibly do so is through our time with God. Through prayer, Bible study and meditation, we are able to prepare ourselves for what the day brings with it.


What wonderful words to hold onto as our uneventful day unfolds!


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



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