Dear Sabbath Seekers,
For those of you who have been following our moving saga we have completed the physical move. At least we are out of the old house and our stuff is in the new one. However, because it needed a bit of painting we have not been able to live there yet. In the week between we have been living with my dear brother who was gracious enough to open his house up to us.
Each day we are spending part of the day there and then off to the new condo to see the progress. It is likely we will be living out of boxes and suitcases for at least another week or so until we get settled.
I don’t know about you, but when I am ‘unsettled’ I feel a little bit like I am wandering in a strange land. Nothing is familiar, my stuff is not where I think it should be, and my rhythm of living is out of synch. I am longing for the routine and flow of my usual way of life.
I imagine the Hebrews felt much the same way when they were wandering in the wilderness or sent into exile. In fact, I can really understand why the Pharisees grew to such a powerful group as they tried to keep worship as normalized as possible by starting synagogues in the exile. They needed an anchor in their strange surroundings.
When I am in the ‘wilderness’ or a ‘strange land’ once the novelty has worn off, I find I crave normal. Many times I have been on a great vacation but after a few days I begin to long for my own bed. How about you?
So this past week I have found a normal in my Sabbath moments. Spending time with God reminds me that there is a normal that is always available to me. Taking a moment or two to pray, talk or just be with God restores my rhythms and brings me peace.
And for me that is the beauty of Sabbath moments. They can be taken anywhere at any time and the time in between becomes a time of Sabbath rest, renewal and refreshment.
“Then he turned the wilderness into fresh pools of water, arid earth into springs of water, brought in the hungry and settled them there; they moved in – what a great place to live!” Psalm 107:35-36 The Message