I have a new-found appreciation for the idea of a weekly Sabbath day. I haven’t had a day to spend at home in peace and quiet, free from distractions, for probably a month or more! I’m not complaining, mind you — lots of wonderful and exciting things have been going on, and I had anticipated in advance I’d be doing a lot of crazy travel around the beginning of November. But still, our bodies need rest. We need to be able to come to that place of stillness where all the motion and swirling events of our daily lives dissipate, and we can take that deep breath of “ahhh” and enjoy listening to the silence.
God set apart a day of rest each week not so that we would be enslaved into some kind of forced devotion to a higher power, but so that we would be able to come before Him to be refreshed, renewed, recharged, and recommissioned to go back out into the world and do the work He has called us to do. We should look forward to these times of Sabbath, these times where we get to fall in love all over again with the Lord of creation.
I will be taking a real Sabbath day this coming Saturday, and with the one exception of helping my mom make a flyer, I intend on accomplishing absolutely nothing but hang around at home and putter and snooze and maybe take a walk and just enjoy BE-ing rather than DO-ing. Just me and God. That’s a good place to be.