My wife and I have been talking about Sabbath lately. You know, that little part of the Ten Commandments that most people don’t even know is there… Anyway, it seems so easy setting aside one day a week for rest and restoration, right?
Well we are finding out that it is not so easy. My wife has more trouble with this than I do because she is the responsible one. There is always something to clean and wash, and there is always an errand that needs to be ran. I find myself saying to her things like… “Just sit down” and “We can do that later”. She is a neat freak though (which works well for our relationship, it’s why our house isn’t a dump) and it’s hard for her to just stop and rest.
I grew up thinking that the “Sabbath” was some sort of Law that had to be followed. Of course it was on Sunday, and it was the day you couldn’t mow your yard or anything like that (which I was thankful for), but of course you had to go to church on Sunday which ironically made Sundays the busiest day of the week, especially if you have kids and two services and some sort of practice after the morning service and before the evening service. On Sundays, all you want is a nap and it’s hard to find time to get one.
But more and more my wife and I are realizing that it is so true what Jesus says about the Sabbath being made for man instead of man being made for the Sabbath.
The Sabbath is the day we are reminded of the “Good News” (as the Israelites who came out of Egypt) that we DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY! We are not in bondage in Egypt anymore and we do not, nor should we choose to, work ourselves to death. We are to set aside a day to reflect, meditate, and do the things we ENJOY!
The Sabbath was created for US and not the other way around… and this is GOOD NEWS!
So pick a day and ENJOY a Sabbath!