Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Have you ever used a pressure cooker? I am sure some of you have. For those who haven’t it is a cooking pot that has a pressure gauge on it that you set before you begin cooking in it. If you don’t set it right or you forget about it, you will soon find the contents of your supper all over the ceiling. BOOM!
Well, I had a pressure cooker kind of week. My emotional, mental and physical contents were under pressure and I knew if I didn’t do something about it soon, I was going to BLOW.
And then came Sabbath. I needed Sabbath. I needed alone time with God. ALONE.TIME.WITH.GOD. Fortunately, I realized it.
On this Sabbath I allowed myself to become a human being rather than a human doing who takes little breaks throughout the day and calls it Sabbath. It was Sabbath of home church. It was a Sabbath of tea and scripture. It was a Sabbath of naps and dreams. It was a Sabbath that let the pressure out slowly and let my contents simmer and then cool perfectly.
The story doesn’t end there. The reasons I felt like a pressure cooker whose gauge was broken were still there on Monday morning. I knew I had to address the issues or the pressure was going to build up again.
Because of my Sabbath experience instead of blowing up all over the room and the other person, I was able to have a calm, clear, clean conversation.
God’s gift of Sabbath truly brings peace and refreshment when I (we) are able to recognize it for what it is.
Now, if I am only smart enough to remember this the next time the pressure cooker is ready to blow.
“Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11.28
Dear Sabbath Seekers,
When was the last time you had a quiet Sunday afternoon?
I hope it was recently. However, if you are like most 21st century men and women, Sunday afternoon is anything but quiet. There are errands to run, groceries to buy, houses to clean, lawns to mow, gardens to plant, houses to paint and laundry to get ready for the new week. With so many people working six days a week, it seems that a day of rest is more like a day of chores.
But sometimes even in the midst of a very busy day, taking a few quiet moments to yourself can recharge your batteries, refresh your energy levels and renew your motivation to finish what you started.
I was always one to keep my head down and my shoulder to the grindstone only resting once everything had been completed. Now as I have become more chronologically gifted I have found that stopping for short refresh-ment breaks improves my productivity. I can only imagine how much more energy I would have if I took a full 24 hours to recharge.
If you find yourself longing for a nice, quiet Sunday afternoon, or any afternoon for that matter, why not take the time to relax, refresh and renew your body, mind and spirit? Breathe in the sweet aroma of late spring and early summer weather. Taste the ease that God wanted us to have so much that God made it a command.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.” Psalm 34.8