8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
I labeled that because I was thinking about REM sleep and how there are five stages of sleep, and we don’t always enter every stage every night. And they say that dreams only happen in the fifth stage and when we are in REM sleep. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement. That is what’s happening behind your legs when you’re sleeping. And when you’re in that stage of rest. You are at your purest rest. Nothing can wake you up at that stage of breast, and a lot of us have trouble getting into that stage of ruts. I know that my husband deals with that he does not sleep very well at night. And I look at him, and I pray that God continues to give him rest because it is so important to enter active rest. So instead of REM sleep, we as a community are going to think of EAR sleep and enter active rest. And that means that so when we sleep, that’s in the physical form, all the rest that is the spiritual form. And so I hope we have the ears to listen to our souls when that means it. May we listen to our hearts when aides ask for time, off time on the plug to time with the Lord. And I know that we don’t listen to the heart because it’s wicked, but when I mean that we listen to her, I’m talking about our bodies, our minds, our souls. And our spirit and we listen to the whole part. And may we find time on a weekly basis to enter active rest. So what does that mean for us? It means that just like God on the sixth day took time away from his work, we also need to take time away from work; just like God rested and did not do anything on the sixth day, then we need to also rest and take a Sabbath. And so we can learn something from our Jewish friends. And a Sabbath is so holy, and may we practice that as a community. May we take time to Sabbath to rest to enter active rest. And that means that our minds are disconnected. Our phones are off or put away. Maybe we are watching TV, but that’s because that’s how we rest.
Perhaps we were partaking in some sort of hobby with our hands and painting; they were doing pottery class. Maybe we were making clay earrings. Perhaps we’re making sugar cookies. I love to do my sugar cookie designs. That’s a form of rest for me because I am this attached from the outside world. I’m not worrying about the news. I’m not worrying about what’s happening outside. I’m right here in the moment, zoned into something that allows me the time to think about all that God has done for me to think about the times in which he showed up for me, which is every single day, and I get to reflect on his goodness, I get to reflect on the art that he has given my hands the creativity that he’s given my brain he’s given me health in my body. I’m able to connect with all of those moving parts in active press. So may we all enter active rest this weekend may think about it. May you get into it. May you look for his worship. And his glory in that moment. May you take time away from your phone. May you take time away from the news, and may you take time away from others. And so spend it with yourself and the Bible. Maybe spend it with your spouse or spend it with your family but be intentional about resting.
Father God, we thank you, Lord, for this beautiful Friday. And God, we look for time this weekend to rest; we want to enter active rest, and so Lord, we’re looking for you. We want to rest in you; we want to look for your fingerprints. We want to look for a time in which we can hear you or if that means that we have too fast; if that means that we need to disengage with our phones, maybe we have to turn them off for a day or even a few hours, whatever we can allow. We are asking for the strength to do so. May we listen to you when you speak to us. There is one thing that the world has been plagued with its distraction. And in this age of distraction. It’s so hard to listen to you clearly. And so, Lord, we’re asking for that time this weekend. We want to listen to you, we want to hear your voice, and So may you speak to us in the deepest places in our hearts that you continue to download your wisdom into our spirits. We love you so much. We ask that you bless this beautiful Friday. It is in your holy name that we pray. Amen.