A few days ago I had a thought when I read the verse, “…Everyone is to stay home and rest on the Sabbath. And so they rested on the Sabbath.” *
I’m not a “letter of the law” kind of person but because I know that God’s days are not like my days* and I’m pretty sure not the Jewish calendar or even some other current religions, my mind began asking, “What day is the Sabbath then?”
I’m not a scholar and this is not about the actual question really. What I asked was personal and, in my Spirit, there was a whisper, “When God asks us to rest on the “sabbath” he doesn’t always mean Sunday. Your Father wants you to know that all thing have a season* and that we should be aware and take the rest.”
Once I began to apply this to my own life I learned a few things, sometimes with guilt but usually more with mirth. No, daily contacts should NOT be worn every day, Dee. Yes, you should rest on Sunday if that’s your only day but Wednesday will do if that’s all you have. And you should definitely, regularly, rest from Facebook, phone games or whatever else keeps you from doing other things regularly (like reading your bible, calling your mom or even taking a nap if your body is screaming for one).
Even fields need a rest from being productive and the earth takes a break from growing in the winter. When God created His world it was a surrender of His time, love and creativity. Even so, (and maybe because of that) He did what needed to be done and then sat back resting so that He could give us His all again another day.
So, here’s the takeaway I’m sharing with you. Take a break from being a daily married couple and go on that date with hubby once a week! Stop being a mom every day and go out for coffee with that friend once a month. In fact, stop cleaning up after everyone and sit on the floor with your children and their puzzles regularly. Obey the Sabbath by small investments in “your world” also, giving rest in the areas necessary to give your all another day.
*Scriptures used or referred to: II Peter 3:8, Genesis 2:2, Exodus 16:30, Exodus 20:8, Ecclesiastes 3:1