Life is busy, its also hard. We get so wrapped up in what we are doing. Yet we often miss the joy of life. The opportunity to sit at the Masters feet and be still.
Life is super busy for me (one of the reasons I haven’t posted much new stuff here). I work a full time job, going to school full time, two side projects I am working on and try to maintain some sort of social life. Plus managing the regular routines of life such as, laundry, exercise, eating healthy, and most importantly spending time with the Father. God has provided incredible friendships and relationships with some amazing people, investing the time with them, takes time. Time well worth spent. So, I need to add one more thing to my schedule right? Well, actually, yes. God has really been challenging to take a STOP. A STOP? Yes. Why should I stop everything when I have so much to do? Why did God rest on the seventh day? Why should I rest at all? God, I believe, did this as a model of how we should live our lives. God intended us to do this.
We get this crazy idea that the Sabbath is church time, and the day you watch football, but Mark 2:27 says differently, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Hebrew 4:10-11 makes an interesting statement about the Sabbath also, “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.”
It is critical for a follower of Christ to enter such rest. I think the result of falling is to dangerous. People overwork themselves, miss opportunities to spend time with family, focus on gaining wealth, and push out other important priorities in life. We literally work ourselves to death. This probably explains medicated people dealing with depression, anxiety, stress and other personal issues. God never intended this for us. How is this living in a way that is making the most of what God has given us?
I am positive that I could go in depth into studies of why to take a Sabbath, but I will let that up to you, the reader to explore. I write this, because I have been really challenged lately to seek a STOP time. I’ve been able to experience this for a few hours over the past three weeks or so. Some times I go hiking, others I’ve simply taken a nap. It is my desire to enter this time silently, shutting off things that distract me such as cell phones, music, computers and escape. I want to listen to God, I want to enjoy his presence, and take a mini-holiday in Him. I’ve walked back into life feeling refreshed, renewed and focused on the tasks ahead. There is nothing magical about this, its just something God has lead me into, and I desire to be obedient to Him. This is something God has been teaching me lately. Something I have been challenged with.
My fear is that I make this time an interlude to the insane schedule I have. I don’t want that, I want it something that defines who I am, shapes me into the the man God wants me to be. To find clarity and life in Christ and where he wants me to serve and seek others. I don’t have this down yet, and I am sure God will teach me in these times to listen, enjoy and play more intently in and with Him.
Sabbath is not an interlude, but the climax of living. -Heschel