A Sabbath Rest

12 Apr

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about my inability to relax and have realized that I operate under the belief, “If I’m not productive, I’m worthless.” I’ve felt like I always have to be “on”, that’s there no excuse for me to ever not get something done if the only thing I was doing instead was nothing. Distorted thinking, I tell ya.

But, as with my food log, with knowledge comes power. Only once I recognize the reality of my situation and accept it, can I bring it before God to have Him change it. So that’s what I’m doing through prayer – and through observing the Sabbath.

I have often felt God call me to do the one thing that scares me the most. It freaks me out to think of an entire day in which I accomplish nothing. A day when the order of my house, the food in the fridge, and the piles of dirty clothes will stay exactly as they are from dawn until dusk. What will I do with all the time gained?

Reclaim my sanity.

This is, at its core, an an issue of faith. The question is, do I really trust that God is in charge of my life? If I do, then I can trust Him to work things out for my good, even while I take a break. I am not the one holding the plates in the air. I’m not the keeping our lives from imploding into piles of dust, dirt and mold.

But the very fact that I can’t take a break reveals that in reality, I believe I am indispensable.

So I see observing the Sabbath as a declaration of my spirit: I will, as terrifying as it is, put away my to-do list and relax, trusting God that everything will be ok.

“So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his” (Hebrews 4:9-10).

2 Responses to “A Sabbath Rest”

  1. Lisa April 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    I’ll be interested to hear about your progress & how everything goes. My sabbath struggle lately is even to get to church, and I still don’t make it every week. Animals are hard, and I know God understands they still need feed and care on Sunday. And we want to bs fair to our employees and give them rotating weekends off too. So— we work weekends. I think it’s still so important to take time though. God desires for us to have rest from our normal routine and busyness and make time for him. For family. For quiet. Even if that may not always come for me on Sunday, I should work harder on carving out that time somewhere.

  2. Natalie April 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Literally just read this passage an hour ago- you go girl! He’s got you. 🙂

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