Dear Sabbath Seekers,
There is nothing like a snow day to slow you down. With winds gusting to 40 mph and snow falling at over an inch an hour the thought of leaving my home was far from motivating. And even though I was not looking forward to going out, I needed to. However, after getting stuck in my parking lot before I even got out of my parking space, I knew I was in for the day. After getting over my initial panic of being stuck and missing an obligation, I relaxed into what turned out to be a wonderfully peaceful day of Sabbath moments.
Why is it that we need a snow day, a sick day or a car breakdown to give us permission to stop and rest? On the one hand it is a testament to our work ethic and on the other it is warning that we view ourselves as human doings rather than human beings. And there are times when we need to be a human being and those times come more frequently than the occasional snowstorm, illness or car repair.
Which is why God gave us a 24 hour “snow day” each week to rest and recoup.
On my snow day, I read, I napped, I meditated and I journaled about how this unexpected lull in my schedule reminded me that I need to practice what I preach. And one of the blessings of this day was that I was completely alone. The time plus the solitude brought me to a place where my inner and outer peace were one. I don’t know about you but having my insides match my outsides exceeds my skill set on more than one day a week. This congruency or the feeling of being whole and complete in that peacefulness is another gift of God. It was God’s shalom. It was a sense that all will be well because at that moment in time all was well with my soul.
So, I asked myself that evening…why is it that I deny myself this sense of shalom, wholeness, peace and well-being in order to be busy? A question that I bet I will ask over and over. I imagine my answers will be more of excuses than heartfelt replies and those excuses will make my life less than God had intended and I will have no one to blame but myself.
Glimpsing, experiencing, and tasting a day of Sabbath moments when God’s presence filled all the spaces in my external and internal environments made me hungry for that experience to be part of my regular routine.
“I set before you this day life and death, blessing and curse, therefore, choose life so that you and your children may live.” Dt. 30.19