Dear Sabbath Seekers,
I don’t know about you but I tend to get caught up in whatever I am doing and whatever is going on around me.
For example, when I watch the news I can be in tears watching the horror of a typhoon unfold before my eyes and become incensed at the shenanigans of our elected officials. And I can let those feelings stay with me for hours sometimes days and even years filling myself with despair and/or anger. At the same time I can get so engrossed in my own life and its ups and downs that I can lose sight of others and their needs. It is a tension that confounds me.
It seems that the only times when I gain a healthy perspective is when I take a Sabbath or break for some attitude adjusting Sabbath moments. It is then that I realize I am part of something so much bigger than me that my mind switches from despair to awe and wonder.
As much as I would like to be the center of the universe and as often as I act like I am, I am reminded in those moments with God that God is in control, always has been and always will be. My role in this big universe is to serve God, listen to God and to use what God has given me to live out God’s will not mine.
And just to be clear it is also my job to take my despair and my anger to God so I can find that perspective that moves me forward and gets me unstuck.
Without my regular Sabbath breaks I do begin to believe that my problems, my agendas, my opinions are the end all, be all of life. When I allow that to happen I can become petty, mean-spirited and arrogant. All things that I dislike in others. However, in my Sabbath moments I can let go of my self-centeredness and become a centered self whose eyes and ears are opened to a fresh perspective.
“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?…Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Sure you know!…Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place…? Job 38 selected verses