April 5, 2020
Word of the day: 14 This festival will be a happy time of celebrating with your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows from your towns. 15 For seven days, you must celebrate this festival to honor the Lord your God at the place he chooses, for it is he who blesses you with bountiful harvests and gives you success in all your work. This festival will be a time of great joy for all. Deuteronomy 16:14-15 NLT
It is Palm Sunday! This day is a day that we show honor and respect to Jesus coming into Jerusalem. You can find this in Matthew, Chapter 21:1-9. Today’s celebration is going to be so different. We are practicing social distancing while COVID-19 is on the rise. This celebration should not stop us from celebrating because we can’t be around each other. With this in mind, today’s verse had me thinking. What do you consider a waste of time? Do you hear, “time is money”? Like if you aren’t making money, you are wasting time. I don’t necessarily agree with this because the way some people make money is not the right way of making money. The term I believe in is, “time is valuable.” Family time is valuable; celebrating with God is precious, reading, praying, meditating is priceless, especially time worthy. Was it a waste of time to see Jesus heal a man with leprosy? How about Moses and the parable of “The Flood?” I can go on and on about time is valuable. Here is the critical thing to take away. Don’t let others dictate what time is for you. The one thing God always asks of us is in the book of Deuteronomy to spend seven days happily celebrating his goodness and worshipping him. That may be a problem for some people. Let it be their problem and not yours that it distracts you from doing that.
Father, thank you for today. I pray today over Palm Sunday. Most people are upset because they can’t celebrate the way we usually celebrate. I pray today that we can be creative in praising you. While we are in quarantine, I pray that we can still be positive and encouraging to others even though we can’t be around others. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!