The Gift of the Sabbath

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I’ve been home for the last few weeks, recuperating from surgery and it’s driving me crazy that I have to rest and take it easy.  I’m used to getting up everyday and being on the move. I’m used to 1 hour drives into work, dinner, and homework with my little one as soon as I get home.  Even though I should be resting, I’ve still found a way to overdo it.  I’ve got a hard head and I wasn’t listening to what the doctor said.

I thought to myself, why can’t I just take it easy, rest, and be comfortable.  Here’s the answer – I feel guilty when I’m not  working or being productive.  I’m home now and I’m not working, so at least I can do something around the house, but sadly I can’t do any bending or heavy lifting right now.  That means no cleaning, laundry, or cooking in heavy pots.  What’s a girl to do??  That’s when it came to me.  I need to learn to take the Sabbath!

After God created earth and everything in it, he rested and he ordained the same for us. Each week we are to rest and recuperate in some way from our life and labors.  Exodus 20:8 reads as follows, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.   

Looking back I can tell you I haven’t had a real vacation in the last five years.  I was just recently laid off in June and I never took a full vacation the entire time I was working at my last job.  I was tired, over-worked, under-appreciated.  I filled my workdays with early mornings and late nights as a staff accountant and I did the same thing with my weekends. I ran errands on Saturday and was busy at church on Sundays working in ministry.  My body was run down and clearly need rest.

If God has ordained it, why not take it….right??  Here’s a few things you can do to observe the Sabbath in your life.

  • Our schedules vary, so pick a day to take as the Sabbath that works for you. (Some people work on Sunday so this day will not work for them.)
  • Plan ahead so you can really rest on that day. Cook meals, clean, order takeout, do whatever works for you.
  • Do something that is restful for you.  What is rest for one person is not restful or enjoyable to another, the main point is to rest.
  • Spend some time with God, praying and reading his Word.

Just as our smartphones, electronic gadgets and our cars need to recharge – – So Do We. Take some time to rest, refresh, and commune with our Heavenly Father.  I bet you’ll feel all the better for it, I know I do.

Carla

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2 thoughts on “The Gift of the Sabbath

  1. Great word! This is so important, but it seems so difficult to do. Why do we feel so guilty when it is God’s plan for us? Our bodies were designed to rest? I really appreciate this reminder!

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