Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Driving home the other day I found myself feeling lousy – that’s a medical term, you know! My head was little achy, my back was a lot achy, my pulse seemed to be a bit faster than usual, my mood was borderline ornery and there were tears just behind my eyes. And I had no idea why. Ever feel like this?
It’s not my favorite feeling and usually I try to ignore it by keeping busy. How about you? However, as I walked through the door I realized that I had no excuse not to take a moment to settle my unsettling condition. I had no other responsibilities vying for my time. Supper was mine to make or not. No one was there to ask questions about my day. I was alone.
And yet, old habits are hard to break because I jumped right in to making my supper so I could move to some other things I wanted to get done that night. Keep moving seems to my default mode and it takes a lot for me to override that code etched in my brain.
Surprisingly, I took a step to break that habit. I pushed the override button, stopped what I was doing, grabbed a cold glass of water (yes, it really was water) and went and sat on the porch. The birds were singing, there was a gentle breeze blowing and I just sat there and soaked it up. After some deep breaths, a few sips of water and a silent prayer of thanks for the beauty around me, began to feel my pulse rate slow down, my back relaxed and the headache began to ease. I felt better.
As this sense of well-being began to wash over me I realized I had just taken a Sabbath Moment where the peace, calm and grace of God could restore my soul. It was a moment when I realized how a spontaneous decision to relax can be as full of God as a planned Sabbath moment complete with Bible, journal, devotional and prayer beads!
God is good in every moment and taking time to breathe in the breath of God is a most excellent way to take that goodness into your busy life.
Don’t be afraid to take advantage of spontaneous Sabbath Moments and let God surprise you with a soul refreshment.
“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings as eagles. They will run and not be weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40.31