Dear Sabbath Seekers,
I just learned that observant Jews can purchase appliances that have a special control called Sabbath Mode on them. The primary function of Sabbath Mode is to override any automatic shut offs so the oven can stay on more than 24 hours to keep food warm. Observant Jews cannot light a fire during Sabbath and turning on an oven is the same as lighting a fire.
I’d like a Sabbath Mode switch for my life; however, instead of keeping everything going, it would automatically shut things down for 24 hours. I have to admit I have not done very well with Sabbath keeping or Sabbath moments in the last few weeks. And the ironic, or insane, part of that is that my body was very definitely on Sabbath mode but for some reason my brain was in overdrive.
It is becoming increasingly clear to me that taming my overactive gray matter and what I think I should be doing is a major undertaking for me. When I can’t get around like I want, I see all kinds of things that need to be done. When I can get around, it’s funny how those same tasks don’t even register on my radar screen. I think I want to be the one who decides what I will and won’t do and don’t want it imposed on me. Silly me. The next few months are definitely going to be challenging as I rethink how I want to spend my energy. (Two herniated discs, a hip bursitis and bad knee are going to really test my adaptability to a new way of being).
And that is why Sabbath is such an important commandment to keep. A 24-hour rest gives the body the time it needs to recover from the six days of work and have the energy needed to move into the next six-day period. Instead of getting totally exhausted and run down from no real break, the body gets a breather and the brain can attend to the really important stuff of life rather than just the chronically urgent stuff that never goes away.
Our God is really very good to us and the gift of Sabbath is a good example.
Are you better at rest and recovery than I am? Do you cherish and treasure a 24-hour period of Sabbath to renew your spirit and refresh your body? Can you go into shut down mode and be at peace? The Sabbath moments certainly help me tap into moments of peace and rest; however, I think I am going to kick it up a notch and challenge myself to Sabbath hours for the next month. Would you like to join me?
“Also I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the Lord made them holy.” Ezekiel 20:12