Dear Sabbath Seekers,
I just returned from a time away. It had many elements of Sabbath in it. There was quiet, good conversation, good food, God talk, joy, nature and laughter. It was a time blessed in so many ways and the presence of God was tangible more than once.
Even though it was not designed to be a Sabbath, it reminded me of one as I stepped out of my normal routine and focused on all those things that make up a time of rest, refreshment and renewal.
And I was struck, once again, about just how hard it is to totally withdraw from ‘routine’ and to avoid interruptions in the flow of experiencing Sabbath moments.
There was not one 24 hour period within the 72 hours I was away that I didn’t check email, Facebook or text messages. I know I have admitted this before so obviously, I have no intention of breaking this addiction – or so it seems.
And to cut myself some slack I didn’t go into the weekend intending to cut off contact with the world; however, what I realized is that there was nothing I read, texted or posted that was necessary, urgent, or changed anything in anyone’s life, including my own. And yet, still, I connected and was sucked in.
So what did I learn? First, those are 72 hours I will never get back. Second, I made a conscious choice (although it is becoming an unconscious choice in many ways) to connect or respond. Third, I could have been communicating with God during those internet interludes rather than folks in cyberspace. Fourth, I have to acknowledge that I missed out on some spiritual connection for temporal connections.
Again, to cut myself some slack (I like to do that, don’t you?) there were significant God moments over those 72 hours – ones that surprised me; however, when I could have been more intentional about a Sabbath prayer connection, I wasn’t.
How about you? Are you, like me, hooked in and connected on the internet when you could be unhooked from the world and connected to God when you have the chance to be? As you enter into Sabbath Moments this week, leave the electronic devices behind and just be open to the spiritual connection that travels on a band width bigger than anything ATT or Verizon can offer.
“When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour?” Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger.” Mt. 26.40-41 The Message