I felt the nudge of the Spirit this Sunday as my pastor preached on the need for Sabbath, or a “Stop Day.” Actually, it was more like a big whack on the head. I guess that’s what needed to happen since he’s been oh-so-gently nudging me for about three years regarding this topic.
It all started with a post I read on one of Mary DeMuth’s blogs; that’s when I realized that an actual 24-hour day of rest each week could actually be implemented. Add a couple books, Bible study discussions, individual conversations, and other blog posts on top of that, and you can see why I have to finally be whacked on the head.
Almost anyone who knows me can tell you I’m a busy girl. I never have less than two major projects going on at one time. I’ve literally told people my motto is “better busy than bored”. The thought of implementing a Sabbath is scary to me because it requires me to separate myself from my to-do lists. 24 hours of “not getting anything done” puts me 24 hours behind in getting things done! (Yes, I totally see the control issues here!)
The idea of Sabbath sounds refreshing to me, and the spiritual and physical reasons are compelling. I’ve put off implementing any form of Sabbath because I “needed time” to figure out what that looks like for us as a family. After Sunday’s sermon, I felt convicted to stop procrastinating and just go for it.
So this Saturday at 3pm we are going to observe our first Sabbath! I’m really excited about it, and I’m still not sure how it’s going to work. I’ve realized that that’s no reason to NOT do it. God doesn’t require us to observe Sabbath perfectly; he desires for us simply to seek rest.
So anyone want to share their Sabbath experiences?
Here are a few thoughts on Sabbath from friends:
Andrea – Busyness – Make it go away
Ted – Pursuing Rest in God