But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
In an effort to eat better, my nephew’s wife has made heroic changes to their family’s diet. She’s substituted free-range chicken eggs for sweetened breakfast cereals, limited processed food, kept a supply of fresh fruit available, and started a garden which promises to produce nutrient-rich vegetables and herbs.
Of course, the changes haven’t always been met with smiles. But then comes Sweet Saturday.
“That’s the day when we can each get to eat or drink any sweet thing we want,” she explained.
It might just be a soda or a favorite dessert. But basically, it’s something they haven’t indulged in during the week. The idea behind Sweet Saturday is to develop a greater desire for that which is more healthful while also strengthening resolve to tough it out through a six-day stretch ~ because there’s a sweet and long-awaited reward ahead.
So far, it’s worked well. Why? Because it’s insanely powerful when there’s something on the horizon to look forward to.
God built that same Sweet Saturday concept into the stretch of time He’s given me called life. I believe it got set in motion in the Garden of Eden after the fall occurred.
Before Adam and Eve sinned, there was no need for some special day, some break from the mundane, or relief from the hardness of life.
Adam and Eve had it all, their perfect paradise already as sweet as it could be.
But then, disobedience ruptured all that, sending ripple rings of brokenness throughout the garden, disfiguring paradise and twisting the heart of mankind inward. And so God said to Satan, “I will put enmity between you and the woman. and between your offspring and hers; He (Jesus Christ) will crush your head (resurrection) but you will strike His heel (crucifixion).” Genesis 3:15
The Devil was promised no Sweet Saturday in this deal. Only the bitterness of an undesirable eternity full of doom and destruction.
The reason I work long hours,
climb that mountain or resist that chocolate bar is because I look forward to a scheduled vacation or the satisfaction of having accomplished something difficult
or, by golly, being able to zip up my jeans.
A Sweet Saturdaymindset is also one of the reasons I pray. Because I look forward to God’s promised answers.
“In the morning, I lay my request before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3
If I believed that this life was all there was, eventually the routine would choke my creativity, sap my energy and zest for life. The mundane and unavoidable parts of living here on planet earth would erode my soul.
But if, when circumstances become increasingly difficult, such as… (fill in the blank: __________), I choose a
Sweet Saturday mindset, it stokes my God-given longing for eternity and is oh so sweetly rewarding!
Behold, I am coming soon! Behold I am coming soon! My reward is with me… He Who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Revelation 22:7a, 12, 20
What are you looking forward to?