"Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." – Genesis 1:3 NIV
Despite our pressing busyness and endless worry,
we need that stillness from which all things grow.
Despite our distorted want to be the sun,
we are more like plants growing toward the light.
Despite our secret want to be in control,
we need the harmless surrender of a drop longing for the ocean.
– Mark Nepo, The Exquisite Risk
Hurry keeps us distracted.
Slowing forces us to face our fears and feel our doubts.
Sabbath gets us in touch with our souls.
It is a holy attentiveness.
The soul is what keeps us integrated and connected.
When our soul is not healthy, we dis-integrate.
When we create space the soul and spirit go to work renewing our minds and transforming us into the image of God.
Sabbath is an invitation to rest so that we might awaken to our true identity in Jesus.
We are loved for who we are and not what we do.
"If there is no sabbath – no regular and commanded not-working, not talking- we soon become totally absorbed in what we are doing and saying, and God's work is either forgotten or marginalized."
– Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in 10,000 Places
A story is told of an old Rabbi and a young Jewish man that the rabbi saw running very quickly.
Rabbi: What are you doing?
Young man: I am running to make my living.
Rabbi: But perhaps in the process you are losing your life.
Ask God about your identity in Him. Who are you?
How do you relate to the Divine Being?
Ask Him to reveal how much of your doing is tied to identity.
Give yourself permission to rest.