The start of the day….
And the Lord walked with Adam in the cool of the evening…..
I’ve been thinking about Yahweh’s calendar vs our Roman Calendar a lot lately. I’ve already quit celebrating the holidays mostly known to the world as the “church calendar holidays” – Valentines, Lent, Easter, All Saints/Halloween, Christmas, and even some of the “lesser” ones. Scheduling makes Thanksgiving and Christmas – New Years a convenient time to get together with family, but neither has any spiritual draw for me, and all the trappings of Christmas are not part of our December routine.
A friend noticed a few months, something that I noticed when I first started this journey some 3 1/2 years ago… “If a person is going to put away all things that are of pagan origin, that means a LOT of things… like half of the way we do life.” And it’s true… Coming out of Babylon, and the system of daily life and worship does mean changing a LOT about one’s life. To the point it could overwhelm, especially if the point was about the To Do list, or the point were to be more righteous, or …
It doesn’t have to be tho! In fact, I’ve enjoyed much about this journey! Tho, in part, it started with the strong conviction that it was time to stop with Christmas observance and begin a coming out of that part of Babylonian Sun-god worship… Most of my journey has not been about a religion of “thou shalt not’s” but about a heart desire to know and love my Savior more fully. The Beauty in His Feasts, is astounding. I’ve been so blessed, over and over and over again…
So anyway, the Creator’s calendar… The days. They start at sundown. I get that, I’ve been keeping Sabbath since infancy from sunset Friday till sunset Sabbath.
At the same time… I don’t get it. All of my other days start when I wake up, and I hit the ground running. Often I stayed up late the night before finishing up some project.
That’s not how we were created. That’s not what Abba practiced with His children in the garden. No… In the cool of the day, as the shadows lengthened and the sky began to light up with an orange glow, he came to spend time with his dear beloved. They talked, they shared a meal perhaps, He tucked them in. They started their day in communion, in rest, in faith and trust. They went to sleep with this incredible intimacy on their minds and of course, when they woke up, those thoughts were still there….
How much better would we all be, if as we watched the sun fall, we took a bit to spend with Him. We ate, we fellowshipped with our family, and we went to bed. In trust, faith, communion… What if all projects ended at sunset… and the new day began.
What would it look like to go to bed, in His arms, early… and to rise, very early the next morning, to spend a bit more time with him, and then pick up those projects and continue with them…
I wonder, just how starting the day at sunset would impact our lives for the better….
I think I’m going to try it to find out 😀