Last year I did a Bible study by Priscilla Shirer about Sabbath rest called Breathe. It was a wonderful book that I hated because it convicted me in so many ways. Seriously. I barely finished it, because it just kept hitting me in the gut over and over again. Have you ever had that? Where something was so profoundly true to you that you just hated it?
I kept having a problem with making time for Sabbath rest because I had so many things to do on Sunday. After all, that is when I NEEDED to grocery shop. I couldn’t shop on Saturday, or meal prep on Monday! Are you kidding me? Never gonna happen.
After all Jesus needed to understand the demands I had on my life. I needed an eighth day if I was going to have rest. I worked, had a husband, and a house! There was no time for rest. I was tired in the evenings and Saturdays were to relax, so Sunday was obviously needed to ready for the week.
Looking back on it now, I see how God was working on my heart.
I, like Pharaoh, hardened it time after time. Slowly but surely I listened to the other women in my group talk about how they work hard to make time for Sabbath and what a difference it made for them.
Then it hit me, I wasn’t able to take Sabbath rest because I wasn’t finishing my work. In the evenings when I would choose to not do one load of laundry, I ate into Sabbath rest. When I hit the snooze button three times and “didn’t have time” to prep lunches, I was eating into Sabbath rest.
God gave us six days to work and one to rest. But if we don’t finish our work then we never have rest. Rest doesn’t come when things are unfinished. Rest comes when we can rightfully relax because we finished what God has set before us.
I had to make rest a priority.
So sometimes I still falter, but I have adopted a goal from a friend. She works very hard on Thursday evening and Friday morning. She does dishes and laundry, cleans her house, and meal plans. She does grocery shopping, puts gas in the car, and lays out her church bag and everyone’s church clothes.
She is intentional about finishing her work so she is available and able to rest. Her home is clean and ready to welcome guests at a moment’s notice. Her Friday evening and Saturdays are clear and welcome adventures with family and friends. Her Sundays are peaceful and devoted to rest.
So that is my goal these days, to finish the work so I can rest. When I do it, the results are amazingly relaxing and refilling. I approach the next week with joy instead of fear. So will you do this with me? Can we hold one another accountable? Can we finish our work so that we can rest?We know we need to rest, but can we make it a priority?Click To Tweet