Dear Sabbath Seekers,
The Psalmist writes “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands…” Psalm 31.14-15a
“My times are in your hands…” I love that phrase because it reminds me that whatever I do whether it be rest or work my time belongs to God and is fiercely held in God’s hands.
Many times we think there is a dichotomy between our work and our sabbath time. Often we feel that we cannot possibly take rest time because there is so much to do. We see work as productive and rest as frivolous. And we need to understand that this type of thinking is not of God but of man. God wants us to do both – work and rest.
One of the best understandings of this comes again from Tilden Edwards in his book Sabbath Time. He says there is a rhythm that God has established between “sabbath and ministry time.” If we think about work as ministry time and rest as sabbath time, then we see that in both we are honoring God. Furthermore, God is the author or both. God created work for us to do and God not only created Sabbath to insure this rhythm, God commanded that we take a sabbath. “My times are in God’s hands…”
How did you do with your time last week? Did you take a sabbath rest that went beyond a moment here or there?
I did and that is why this blog is coming out a day late. Yesterday, I spent from 10 am until 5 pm in sabbath rest. It was a glorious day and I found that by the end of it I was not ready to return to the hustle and bustle of life. I found that the quiet and peace that came from just being was so powerful that I wanted to keep it for a while longer. So I cancelled my plans for the evening and continued in sabbath mode. My time was definitely in God’s hands.
Sabbath rest is God’s gift to us. The quality of our rest determines the quality of our ministry time and vice versa. It truly is a rhythm of life as important as the rhythm of breathing.