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 >