There’s a song by Johnny Diaz that talks about the crazy, busy lives we lead and how beautiful it is to just stop and breathe. We fill our days with tons of activities – work, sports, hobbies, etc., but when does it stop?
Yesterday I got up at 5, was out the door by 6:30, worked from 8-5, got home at 6:30, cooked supper, took care of dogs, watered the garden and plants, picked berries, and finally sat down at 9 pm. All to do it again today.
So where in all of that, is there rest?
God knows us. He knows our tendencies to work ourselves to death. But He designed His and our lives to be restful.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:8-11)
The Lord is our greatest example. He was able to rest on the final day, and so should we. But I find it easier to add more to my plate when I know I’ll have downtime. Just me?
But the Lord has called us to something more. That last day, the Sabbath, is about more than just us sleeping all day. It’s a day set apart to worship our God for all the great things He has done and will do. It’s a day to reflect on His goodness and mercy. It’s a day to praise Him with song and learn more about who He is.
This week, instead of adding one more thing to our schedule, let’s take the time to refocus and recharge.
And just breathe.