I was going back through some notes I took from a retreat I attended as I was retiring from full time pastoral service. The first page I looked at were notes on sabbath, what it means and how it impacts our lives. The world we live in (until the last two months) has a rhythm of work, work, work, work, vacation and then repeat over and over. As creations of God we are called to a different rhythm. It goes like this – work, sabbath, work, sabbath.
Upon reading this, my mind would then go to exploring what is sabbath. A simple answer is that sabbath is fallow time, a time to rest and rebuild, or reconnect. I found in my notes the following quote: “If you keep the sabbath, the sabbath will keep you.” I don’t know where it came from and I could not find a source online. There is much truth in that statement. If we look at the life of Jesus we find that he always took time to rebuild, to reconnect with God after expending himself in ministry. Don’t we have the same needs?
As I thought about this a light bulb went off in my mind. We live in a world and culture that tries to occupy all our time and energy. Sabbath is hard sometimes. Now, suddenly, we have time. Our world has had the pause button pressed. We have time that we may not have had before. I would like to suggest that we can use that time to rebuild our relationship with God and reconnect. There is no secret in how to do this. It has always been the same; prayer, study the scriptures and be still to hear God. I promise that the result will be energy, maybe more than you have had for a while. Try it. You’ll like it.
Creator God, guide us through this fallow time so that we can draw closer to you. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!