Before I begin today’s blog, I would like to apologize for my recent absence. In addition to blogging, preaching, and taking an online theology course, I have been busy writing a Christian mystery. I was getting so close to finishing, that I decided to take a little bit of time away from blogging to get it all wrapped up. Guess what? It’s finished – so I’m back!
Now to today’s post. For the past several days, we have been impatiently waiting for Shazaam to have a baby, or perhaps even twins. Yesterday afternoon, we came home to a scary surprise – and no, it wasn’t goat babies.
We still have a lot of snow in places at our house – yes, in the middle of April! Due to the snow, we have kept our goats sheltered throughout the winter. Somehow, while we were at church, our goats found a way out of their shelter and into the snow.
If you know anything about goats, you know they are curious critters and they love to climb. Shazaam climbed to the top of a snow berm and apparently fell off the other side, sandwiching herself firmly between the berm and the side of the barn. As you can see in this picture, she was trapped and we have no idea how long she had been like that. When we found her, she was shivering like crazy and we were afraid she was injured and/or that she might die.
Digging her out of the snow was anything but an easy task, but she is out and appears to be doing well! Praise God for that.
We had planned on going to church last night, but with Shazaam’s little episode costing us most of our afternoon, we did not have time to go. God reminded me of that passage of scripture in Luke 14 where Jesus asked the Pharisees which one of them would not immediately stop whatever they were doing to pull their donkey or ox out of a pit if it got stuck there on the sabbath. I hate to miss church, but at the same time, I am thankful that God makes it clear in scriptures that there are rare occasions when emergency situations arise like this one arise and that God understands that.
The Bible does say we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. To me, that means I should plan to be in my local church every time the doors are open. It means church comes before relaxation, play, work, relationships, recreational activities, etc. However, situations like what we dealt with yesterday are a great reminder that when someone is absent from church, we should never be too quick to judge.