Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
So grateful for yet another week and so happy the weekend is upon us. I hope you’re ready for a lot of candy.
Every weekend I make it a point to try and find the time to slow down, unwind, and give God a full day, but last weekend, I was at Disney, and the time before that, I was in Arizona. So really, my body and my soul are screaming for a day to myself.
I know there are a lot more of you like there are of me. We are all on overdrive. Getting things done, one after another after another. We don’t find the time to rest.
Yesterday I was making a paper boat for my boyfriend’s Halloween costume. I was watching the youtube video and folding the paper at the same time. I followed every step, and when it got to the last step, my paper art looks more like a folded scrap paper rather than a boat.
I was so frustrated. I almost threw it away right there. Instead, I set it aside. I didn’t look at it for about 10 minutes.
When I came back, I picked it up and noticed that all I needed to do was pull a little bit harder, and the boat appeared in a second.
This is a picture of our life. We are going with the motions, and we look at what we are doing, and we are frustrated. We can’t see the progress. We can’t see that we are just one step away from achieving our goals. Most people would have thrown the paper away and started over.
Let’s start learning how to step away for a day rather than starting again.
I love this verse. It’s a beautiful gift God gave us. He didn’t just create a rule for us to have to follow. He gave us the gift of slowing down and not working at least once a week so that we can surrender our worries, our works, our plans to Him. If you can’t take a full day, take 6 hours, or take an hour. The point is to honor your time and to spend it wisely.
God can do so much more with your 6 days than you can do with 7. If you step away from your ongoing problems and messes and projects, you’ll come back with a renewed sense of clarity.
Jesus, we want to spend alone time with you. Give us the strength to step away from our need for control. Help us move into a place where we can surrender for at least a day a week. Help us give you the time to renew our strength; help us give you the time and attention you so desperately deserve. We thank you for everything you are doing in our life. We thank you for fighting our battles for us. It is in your Holy name that we pray, Amen!