Today I was reading Numbers 28 and 29. I remember the 1st time I read numbers I was absolutely bored. This time through interesting questions are popping up. Today Numbers 29 caught my attention starting with verse 1 “Offerings for the Festival of Trumpets”. This Festival was scheduled for the 1st day of the 7th month.
Immediately what jumped into my head was the US 4th of July celebration. Then I remembered this was completely different. The 4th of July is a celebration of America, not a celebration of God and the wonderful things he provides us. However as I peeled this back, it made me think about how I have approached holiday’s in the past. For me the Holiday was a time for family and friends. We take pause from our work, spend time with family. Sometimes I find myself frustrated with the amount of work that needs done, or things that will not get done because of the holiday. However, this passage seemed to remind me of the importance of learning to be still. We need to make plans. Without plans we wouldn’t have food or structure. However we shouldn’t stress if things don’t go as planned. We shouldn’t worry about the things that are not getting done. This year what COVID-19 has taught me is the things we often think are important are not. We need to take time to reflect, be still, and give thanks for the things God has blessed us with and think through how we can honor those blessings to share his love with the world.
“Celebrate the Festival of Trumpets each year on the first day of the appointed month in early autumn. You must call an official day for holy assembly, and you may do no ordinary work.”
- Numbers 29:1.