Dear Sabbath Seekers,
I have been working on simplifying my space. That is a nice way of saying I am cleaning out, throwing away and organizing a lot of stuff that has accumulated over the years.
And in order to make sure I actually stick to this plan (I’ve had good intentions for years without success), I have hired a home organizer and she is holding my feet to the fire.
The more I get rid of the lighter I feel and seeing a once jumbled basement become neat and orderly is a joy beyond words…I know it sounds silly but it is!! Tomorrow we tackle the storage room upstairs.
This purging and shedding also coincides with my working through the 7 spiritual disciplines. The discipline for this month is simplify. I just love these little God winks. Trust me I didn’t connect the two until just a few minutes ago. I was so caught up in the process of both that I missed the connection. Sigh.
As I reflected on the physical and environmental aspect of simplifying I realized that it could be applied to Sabbath as well. How many times have I said or heard “I can’t take a 24 hour Sabbath because I have too much to do”? Having too much to do is another dimension of too much stuff in my life. If I simplified my calendar, what would my excuse be for not taking a Sabbath? If I simplified my life, what things would I pay more attention to? If I simplified my life, what healing would take place that I am avoiding? If I simplified my life, which relationships would improve and which ones would be tossed out with the other stuff?
Perhaps it is not that we are too busy to take a Sabbath but that we keep busy in order to avoid that time of rest, reflection and renewal? Perhaps.
I’m going to try a friendly experiment and see what happens when I take a 24 Sabbath rest once a week. In doing so I may learn just what things really can be eliminated from my to do list permanently, what things are precious and life-giving and what things have been blocking my own spiritual pathway.
And I know this is going to be very hard…even harder than throwing out my children’s report cards from 1st and 2nd grade. I wonder who I can hire to hold my accountable to this decluttering process?
“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” Proverbs 29.18 The Message