After hearing the sermon last Sunday, I felt convicted to implement a Sabbath rest in our home without delay. I had procrastinated for too long, using the excuse of needing to “figure it all out” before we tried it. Let me tell you, it was hard for me to just jump into it and be okay with everything not working perfectly! I can’t say that I felt any different, any more rested, or any more focused on God as a result of this Sabbath-day observance. But I did learn a couple things:
Implementing Sabbath does not have to look like the “perfect” Sabbath every time. Sometimes things come up, and you have to address them. The stress of things going just right can rob me of the entire point of Sabbath. Ultimately I have to remember Sabbath is not about me (a more rested and refreshed me), although certainly there are tangible benefits I receive. It’s about honoring God, trusting him, and re-centering my life on him.
Secondly, honoring the Sabbath does require a little more planning during my week. I had a meeting after church and event I was planning on Sunday afternoon, and I should have better prepared for those things ahead of time. As a result, a few last minute details crept into our designated Sabbath time.
Overall, it was a good learning experience. I look forward to continue refining what observing Sabbath looks like in our home.
What did you do this past week to find some Sabbath rest (or as my pastor says, “Stop Day”), even if it wasn’t a full 24 hours?