Dear Sabbath Seekers,
After a busy couple of holiday weeks and a house full of people, I came to realize just how precious my alone time is to me.
Are you someone who needs alone time to recharge your batteries? If so, then like me you are an introvert. Introverts find large groups of people draining while extroverts draw energy from the crowd. Introverts also tend to be silent processors of information while the extrovert tends to think out loud as he/she makes decisions. Neither is wrong. Both are very different, however.
When it comes to my Sabbath time after a particularly people filled couple of weeks I need time to myself, alone with God. Because I live with another person finding this alone space can be a challenge. Sometimes I need to take a long walk – alone. Sometimes I need to go into another room and be alone. Sometimes I need to go somewhere where nobody knows my name and I can be anonymous and alone.
Now this isn’t exactly earth shattering information, but what I find is that if I neglect this alone time, then I neglect my time with God as well because my energy is going out in other directions. Maybe that is why the command to keep the Sabbath includes NOT doing any work. God wants our energy focused in the right areas in order for Sabbath to be renewing and refreshing.
As you plan your Sabbath moments this week, think about where your energy is directed. What is in your Sabbath space? Does it distract and drain or does it focus and fill? Be intentional with your Sabbath time and energy. Make this special time count for you and God. It is time you will never get back and it is time that will influence the rest of your day and week.
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God and you will begin to sense his grace.” Matthew 6.5-6 (The Message)