Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Maylan Schurch
Friday, February 28, 2020

What you’re looking at in the photo is the house across the cul-de-sac street from where we live. It’s the view you get when you’re standing on our front porch.

But the only reason Shelley or I ever get this front-porch view is if we happen to be sitting at our dining room table at breakfast and happen to glance out the upper panes of our living room window. We normally keep the Venetian blinds closed over the lower panes, but through a dome-shaped upper window we’ll spot a glimpse of pink or gold. And we know that just that little splash of color means that if we position ourselves on the porch, we’ll get a “sky-full eyeful.”

You could probably spin all sorts of photo parables from this, right? Here’s the tack I’m going to take right now:

When I’m at breakfast, I’m normally also scrolling through a news website on my iPad. The radio’s on, telling us the latest traffic, and then what the weather will be like, and then we’ll be regaled with the “One Eight Seven Seven Kars for Kids” commercial and similar enticements.

So if I’m sitting there, immersed in what we like to think of as reality, and spot that glimpse of pink, I’ve got a choice. I can either glance back to the iPad, or grab my smartphone and hustle out to the porch and bathe a bit in the glory.

I think the seventh-day Sabbath is something like our front porch. The Sabbath, as you might remember, is a memorial of Creation. It’s the day when God examined His six days’ work and decided it was “very good” (Genesis 1:31).

So every seven days, the Sabbath arrives. We don’t have to subscribe to it, or pay for it. It just shows up. At Earth’s seventh rotation, the sunband travels all around the planet, bringing Sabbath everywhere.

At that point, it’s up to you and me. Are we going to give it a vague glance and huddle back to life as usual? Or are we going to enjoy it fully?

For more of what the Bible has to say about this incredible gift, click the link just below.