Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Life has been uber busy these last two weeks. We have transitioned from our winter stay in Georgia back to our home in Western New York. Packing up, driving two days in caravan mode, unpacking two cars, settling in, recovering from the stomach bug not to mention all the things on my calendar that had to be done as soon as I got back including a wedding and preaching the same weekend. All of which I consciously accepted and for which I was excited. Nonetheless, I found myself petering out long before any of my tasks were completed.
And I did something totally novel for me. I stopped and rested!!!
I listened to my body, which was pretty adamant, and took a breather. When I first sat or laid down, I wasn’t sure my back would stop aching or my tiredness would disappear without days of rest. However, within 20 minutes the spasms were gone and I felt like myself again.
Twenty minutes! Then, I was up and about my tasks again until the tiredness tapped me on the shoulder and said “excuse me…time for a break”. I became obedient to that message. And guess what? Everything got done.
Imagine how much better we would all feel if we took the 24 hour Sabbath rest that God commands us to take?
Over and over I need to relearn this lesson that rest makes me more productive. It does not make me lazy. It also makes me a happier, more creative person who enjoys life so much more.
How are you doing on listening to God, your body, mind and spirit? Is resting a part of your routine? God knew it would bless our lives and when I listen I know it too.
“Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1 Corinthians 1.20b
Find those mini Sabbaths and work up to the wisdom of a 24 hour Sabbath.
Dear Sabbath Seekers,
My two-year old grandson delights in discovery. Everything fascinates him, sparks his curiosity and attracts his attention. With each new encounter he lets us know how he feels with a gasp, an ohhh or a giggle. He puts his little face as close as he can get it to check out a flower or a hinge. He claps when the music stops no matter where he is – home, car or in a store. He squeals with delight when he sees his sister, mom, dad or Nana and Papa. Giving his dog hugs and kisses is a favorite pasttime. Seeing a camera brings a squinched up “cheese” and reviewing pictures keeps him entertained.
Watching him so present to all that is going on around him is a privilege and he reminds me that the world is full of wonders that I take for granted or feel I am too sophisticated to ohhh and ahh, gasp or giggle over. Maybe that is why Jesus said that unless we become like little children we will never see the Kingdom of Heaven. Heavenly images are all around us. Delights, wonders and miracles fill our days. But without the eyes of a child I only see what my jaded, cynical and wounded eyes want to see. Sabbath was meant to be a day of wonder, gasps and giggles. Wonder at the story of God and God’s people. Gasps at the faithfulness of God to save and guide God’s people. And giggles of joy that we are blessed by knowing this.
What would happen if you looked at the world this week through the eyes of a two-year old? What would you see that you have missed? How would your attitude change? Where would you find the wonders in your life? When would you gasp in delight? How often would you break out in giggles?
Join me this week in doing just that. I am pretty sure that God will delight with us and that our impact on those around us will increase a thousand fold.
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love our name may rejoice in you.” Psalm 5.11