It’s Saturday y’all. Time for a bit of rest and recharging from the week. Or if you are retired, time to let the amateurs take their turn at the mall and grocery story and Sam’s club! 🙂
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2 And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
Sabbath. It’s all the rage now-a-days in Christian writing and speaking circles. I’ll admit to saying my fair share about it. From the beginning God unmistakably ordained a time for work and a time for rest. If God, who does not need rest, rested…how much more so us? That’s it. A total 24 hours of down time that prepares us for 24×6 of up time. Oh, and full confession…I am one to preach this and find it difficult to practice. You too? What I’ve found is that if I don’t take a little respite each day I am not ready for the full day respite. If I stay wired all week, trying to shut down for one day is next to impossible. That’s why I am trying to use practice Sabbath daily even if it is briefly and using Friday as my catch-up day. Friday I begin to ease into the Sabbath. Like the hor d’oeuvres before the meal. A way to prepare for what is to come.
God of rest and God of work, I rest in your fulness this day. Refill me in preparation of being in your service. Restore me so I may be healed. Help me remember this day is to be a small bite of the heavenly rest you have promised.