One of the hardest things for me to do is something that made God’s top ten list of rules.
It is to keep a Sabbath.
I remember how seriously my grandmother took Sabbath. She would spend all day cooking on Saturday because she would NOT cook on Sunday. As a child, I was always amazed by that, because we visited her
house every Saturday afternoon, and Grandma’s Sunday dinner was always sitting on the stove. We didn’t have microwaves back then, and she never ate her food cold, so I always wondered why it was work to cook dinner on Saturday but not to warm it up on Sunday. Now that I am older, I realize one, how much work it is to prepare a meal, and two, that the difference was as much in her heart as it was in her work.
What do you think it mean to take a Sabbath?
As I was studying last week, I was surprised to find the intensity in this Scripture:
12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.
14 “‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. 15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death. 16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. 17 It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’” Exodus 31:12-17 NIV
In case you didn’t notice, this passage says that anyone who works on the Sabbath is to be put to death, not one time, but twice! It appears that God takes this day of rest and worship very seriously. But do we?
What does it mean to take a Sabbath? Is it just doing something different than we normally do? Like, instead of doing work for pay, working around the house. I often stay at home on my ”Sabbath,” but I am
working just as hard as ever, texting, answering the phone, and trying to catch up on laundry, chasing dust bunnies, and dealing with clutter.
As I read this passage from the miraculous finger of God inscribing the Ten Commandments into stone last week, something deeply resonated within my heart: I need a break. I need to rest. I need to spend a day recharging my spirit by dancing with and enjoying some time with God. This is not optional for God or for me. I NEED this time with God. We ALL need this time with God.
So today, I am not going to be using all this technology I usually work with; instead, I am going to lay it all down, and I am going to go out to the beach and walk in the sand, feel the wind in my face, and thank God for this beautiful world. I am going to repent of my failures and rejoice in God’s grace and love for me, and I am going to dance with my Father God.
I hope you will do the same. Whatever day is your Sabbath, may you rope it off with vigilant persistance, may you seek out God’s joy and peace that renews and refreshes, and together, may you dance!