“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” -Exodus 20:11 (TNIV)
A few months ago a dear friend of mine, who works at our church, took a sabbatical. I knew this meant she wouldn’t be “working” during this time and I knew that it was a practice enforced by our church for all employees and leaders to take a 3 month sabbatical every 7 years, but beyond that it just seemed like a “vacation”. The idea of a 3 month vacation began to sound dreamy…
This being the first time a close friend took a sabbatical, I asked many questions of her before and after. I found out that the purpose of the sabbatical was to reconnect with friends, family, herself, and most importantly Jesus. This time was to be restful, but also refreshing. It could be spent learning, traveling, reflecting… but also caring for self. Nurturing, sleeping, and exercising, but also listening, pondering, and challenging.
Upon her return, I couldn’t wait to hear how she spent her days and how the Lord used this devoted time. There were trips to visit friends, weekend getaways with her husband, and lots and lots of quiet time with Jesus. Sunrise spent in the Word while still in pj’s and slowly sipping coffee. Lunch dining on and with the Bread of Life. Afternoons walking the paths listening intently to His whisper and evenings bent on knees praising and thanksgiving for the joys in life even while begging for hurts to be healed.
Who wouldn’t want to experience that?
So started my journey of exploration into the Word and what we are called to do in regards to rest in our life…
Father, thank you for how fearfully and wonderfully we are made. That you created us with the desire to not only rest, but rest in you. Help me be obedient in guarding my time and spending it wisely. Amen