Dear Sabbath Seekers,
On our way to school the other day, my four-year old granddaughter gave me some great advice. As we were entering the highway which has a slight dip she said, “Here we go! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!” I laughed out loud and she asked me in all seriousness, “Are you enjoying the ride, Nana?”
Out of the mouths of babes….
She certainly enjoys the ride every day, the ride that is her life. Each new morning brings new opportunities, new discoveries and new pleasures. She laughs, she sings, she dances, she tries new tastes (including paste and boogers) she plays and she rests. And sometimes she does all that in ten minutes.
Her admonition and query to me were as if the voice of God had spoken. In essence that is what the command to take a Sabbath is all about…sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the ride. Imagine God having to ask us if we were enjoying the ride, the gift of Sabbath? How sad would that be?
Enjoying the Sabbath is implied in the commandment. No one is to work. NO ONE…not even the servants and animals. Everyone is to relax and treat the day as holy/wholly unto God. Everyone is commanded to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor, of God’s creation and of each other.
How have we gotten so far away from this blessed gift?
I am taking my cue from my four-year old’s joy and from the wisdom of God and on my Sabbath I am going sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. How about you?
“and a little child will lead them” Isaiah 11.6b