James Moore, our friend and former pastor of St. Luke’s UMC in Houston, tells a legend in one of his books about some travelers crossing the desert. They came upon an oasis that had a very strange sign: “Pick up some pebbles and put them in your pockets. Travel a day’s journey, then look at the pebbles. You will be both glad and sad.”
Intrigued by the sign, the travelers obeyed. The next evening, they remembered the sign and took out the pebbles. They were amazed to find the pebbles had turned to gold nuggets. The sign was right. They were both glad and sad: glad they had picked up a few pebbles, but sad they had not picked up a whole lot more.
Regular worship is a lot like that legend. When we get to the end of the journey, we may wish we had made a greater effort to pick up a whole lot more!