Remember the Sabbath?

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation.  <Genesis 2:3>

Immediately after the benediction my inner clock timer began ticking.  My next “to do” was quickly approaching.  The crowd was cordially moving toward the main exit at a pace that allowed a brief greeting to any passerby.  There were handshakes, hugs and small talk all along the way.  Once I could enter the foyer, I assumed the speed limit would increase and there would be a clean sweep to the side door.  I was wrong.  To my surprise, right before my foot could hit the marble tile, the pace became snail like.  Within seconds, everyone came to a standstill.  Just like highway traffic, I could see “drivers” peering over those in front of them in hope of getting a better view of the hold-up.  Ironically, there still did not seem to be much concern with the flow of traffic.  The majority of the on lookers and the “drivers” gave the impression of having no place to go.  They were perfectly fine with the slow down. 

Once I entered the foyer, there it was – the reason for my delay.  There were clusters of people randomly standing throughout the vestibule.  Jovially enjoying their unaccounted for moment; leisurely catching up on small talk, sharing the latest happenings in their lives and doing the inevitable – networking.  But me, I quickly told my colleagues good-by and scurried to the parking lot.  The clock was ticking and I had things to get done. 

Does any of this sound familiar?  I am sure I’m not the only person, who has found themselves running through parts of the day to get to the next part.  For many of us, even when we look like we are not running, moving or scurrying, we are – in our minds.  

This week, a few ladies and I are starting a study that focuses on creating Sabbath margin in our lives.  Our hope is to slow down, take a closer look at anything (good, bad and not-so-bad) that may be robbing us from the rest, peace and tranquility that boosts us to be better daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and friends.

Thought to Ponder

What is this gift the Lord has given, called Sabbath?  What do you believe was God’s original intent for Sabbath? Tell me, can your life use some …. Sabbath?   

“Remember the Sabbath…….” < Exodus 20:8 >

A TIME of REST for …….

wonder woman

Once again I put the “pedal to the metal” and have zoomed through the past few weeks. It seemed that I was successful at everything I set out to do since all the bodies (husband, kids, parents, friends, church, colleagues) around me appeared to be smiling in satisfaction of all the million task I completed. But for some reason I cannot account for this constant blur in my right eye or this striking pain in my left temple. My nose sometimes gives a small twitch and I may occasionally notice a few itchy hives on my right arm.

But after spending a long day fighting for truth and justice, alongside Superman, Batman and the rest of the justice league. Arriving to my destination in my invisible jet – I finish dinner, clean the table, load the dishwasher, sweep the kitchen floor, put one more load in the washing machine, take the kids to a band, basketball, piano, swim, track or soccer practice, help with homework, change a diaper, pick my high school’er up from study group, give someone a bath, read a bed time story and pray. Suddenly  things would go black.

Out of nowhere I’d hear my husband say, “Babe, are you still listening?”…..

God created the heavens and the earth; and on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all His work that he had done. <Gen 2:2>

You and I carry on in our everyday activities as if what we are doing merit honor great in comparison to creating the universe.  But even God devoted an entire day to do nothing but REST.

Will I see you at the Next “TO” gathering? Friday – May 31st, 2013.

I’m sure you can use a “TimeOut” to REST?

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