Allow me to introduce Naomi Hackman to you. Naomi is an 88-year-old great-grandmother who lives in Greenville, South Carolina. She turns 89 in September and for an early birthday gift, her family checked off a “bucket list” item for her—they arranged for her to skydive.
Naomi said that for as long as she could remember, she had always wanted to try it--from the first time she was a passenger on an airplane and looked out the window to see the clouds below her and wondered what it might be like to touch one. After watching a safety video that explained everything that would happen during her jump, her friends asked if she was sure she wanted to go through with it. Naomi responded, “Absolutely—I feel like a kid with a new toy!”
It’s easy to love people like Naomi. They possess a spirit of adventure and vitality that is contagious. She had family members who tried to talk her out of it, but Naomi would have none of that. And upon landing that first tandem jump, she promptly said, “I wouldn’t mind doing that again!”
How About You?
Are you still learning? Still seeking new experiences? Skydiving doesn’t have to be your thing, but not growing is a sure sign of early death.
Throughout the month of July, Sam and I are conducting a sermon series on Sabbath called, “Breathing Room.” It seems fitting during the summer months to discuss exactly what God had in mind by instituting a day set apart to rest and play and learn and simply be.
Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane for Naomi Hackman was a moment of Sabbath for her. Being near the ocean or on the sailboat is Sabbath for me.
What about you? Do you know what your Sabbath is? Maybe we can help you discover it. Come worship with us the month of July as we seek Sabbath together.