Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Because we are busy people it is easy to let our Sabbath moments slip by in the course of the day and before we know it a whole week has gone by with no intentional time alone with God. Of course, if you take a 24 hour Sabbath at the end or beginning of each week, then this is not a problem. However, if you don’t, then not taking time for any Sabbath moments does become a problem for our spirits, our minds and our bodies.
So here are three steps you can plug into your daily routine to ensure that Sabbath Moments become part of your daily routine.
1. Set the intention: Put it on your calendar. With all the date reminders we have on our phones and computers today, it is very hard to miss an appointment unless we choose to. If you know you can’t do it at work, then set it for a time before or after. Get up an hour earlier or make time with God your goodnight ritual. Whatever it takes, be intentional with a daily reminder.
2. Pick a weekly theme. For example, let’s say that you really enjoy walking and talking to God. Set aside all your time with God (see above) for a walk for one week. You may like to listen to music and journal. Then make that what you do each day for a week. Do you enjoy coffee and conversation with God? Then, take your coffee breaks with God for a week. Perhaps you are an artist and drawing brings you into God’s presence. Get out the paints, charcoals, pencils, inks, etc and have an art class with God each day for a week. You get the picture? Choose a weekly theme that brings you pleasure and closer to God.
3. Record your response. By this I mean make note of how you feel after each Sabbath Moment period. You can do this with a one word notation on your calendar or in your journal…peaceful, rested, refreshed, renewed. You could even use one of those emoticons on your computer and simply click on an expression. At the end of the week look back and see how your time alone with God was made alive in your day. Now, I am also aware that some time alone will raise questions, bring about some restlessness or create some tension. Record that too. Pay attention to that because it could very well be the Spirit trying to get your attention.
Try this for a few weeks and see how it works for you. After a month you may just find that Sabbath Moments are an indispensable part of your day and week.
“A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep draughts of God. I’m thirsty for God-alive”
Psalm 42.1-2 The Message