Picture this. Eyes closed, laying on the cool sand, while the waves sweep gently in and out on the shore in the distance. The day is warm, not hot, and there is a cool breeze that gently brushes across your face, balancing the feel of the sun as it soaks you to your core. The day is perfect. The day is full of rest and renewal. The sun rejuvenates you and the thought of leaving this moment is lost on you.
This is the type of rest the Lord envisioned for us when He told us to keep the Sabbath holy. A day of complete rest with Him. He wants us to spend time with Him and soak up all He has for us. The world tells us to empty ourselves and seek rest through forgetting the world and stresses around us. This is only temporary and at the other end of this void is the same stress we left behind. The Lord wants us to renew our minds, to soak up his life giving light and come away ready to handle the responsibilities that take up our moments with peace, protection, and love.
This perfect day is available to us and required of us weekly. The Lord calls it a Sabbath and he commands it of us in order that we may draw close to Him. Rest isn’t about sleeping away our cares, indulging in retail therapy, mindlessly binge watching tv, or scrolling through social media. The Sabbath is about connection with the Lord, engaging in worship with fellow brothers and sisters of Christ and living a day free from the stresses of this chaotic world.
When we don’t carve out this time of rest, we begin to spiral. The clouds roll in and cover the sun, leaving us chasing the warmth we took for granted on those perfect days. Without rest, there seems to be an endless amount of work, people who constantly need our attention, and even well intentioned ministry that must be completed, but yet even Jesus rested from doing the Lord’s work. He took the Sabbath as a time to commune with His Father. He took breaks from speaking, breaks from His people, and time to bask in the light of the Lord.
I want the perfect day the Lord requires of me. I don’t need to feel guilty for taking time for the Lord. This doesn’t mean I’m going to cut out my friends and family, instead I am going to invite them to fill the beach with me and bask in the warmth of the sun as well. When we learn to enjoy the Sabbath, we will learn to live in the sweet spot of life.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.”