Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Yesterday I heard a sermon that talked about how Sabbath is God’s antidote to stress. Sabbath is a once a week cleansing of our stress levels if we are obedient in taking one. He detailed all the things we know all too well about life. It’s busy. It’s fast and it is stressful. No matter who you are, no matter your stage in life, no matter your station in life, no matter your gender…if you are alive, you have stress. Some of it is good and some of it harms us. Y’all know that.
However, he turned a phrase that made my ears perk up. He said something like if we run our stress through a Sabbath we end up with strength. The image came to me of Sabbath as a giant colander or machine that we could put our stress in one end and wait for the strength to come out the other end. Or, like going to the hairdresser and saying give me a fresh look and after a little shampoo, color and trim, voila there you are all refreshed and feeling good.
Taking time on Sabbath to just rest, do nothing and let God refresh us does make us feel stronger the next day. Mondays after a particularly restful Sunday can find me energized and ready to move into the week.
On other hand, without rest after a busy week my stress simply becomes strain on me, my energy and definitely goes with me into the next week leaving me with far less strength than I need to be productive.
God knew what our bodies, minds and spirit would need after navigating the ups and downs of life each week. So I wonder why we think we know more than God and ignore that wonderful gift of a Sabbath day’s rest?
My four-year-old granddaughter served as my mentor on learning what Sabbath could be like. I chronicled my experiences with her in a book I just published called “A Sabbath Journey – a little child shall lead us.” It is now available on Amazon if you are interested in a monthly devotional book that allows you time to reflect each week and try a new approach to Sabbath taking. I hope you will check it out and enjoy.
Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11.28