It’s Saturday! The seventh day of the week also known as the Sabbath day in the Bible. The day marked by God for all of mankind to rest. A time for us to replenish and to refocus by honoring, praising, worship, time spent with family, or doing good in the world like spending time with the sick, those in need, healing, etc. We could also teach the word of God. Basically it’s a day where we don’t work. A day set aside for us to relax and experience life differently than we normally do.
I started to honor this day recently and entered into it very strictly at first. Refusing to cook, clean, buy, sell, even go out of the house! I did this because I love God and want to be pleasing to God. I understand that a lot of the things that are outlined in the Bible are really good for us once we are able to get past the initial ego driven rebellion. So I gave it a try, initially taking on the Old Testament approach in terms of practice.
What I realized from engaging in this is:
A deep relaxation
An ability to take luxurious naps (I never do this regularly)
Renewed energy for my coming week
Fast learning and insights while studying the Bible
Humbling of self
And so much more!!
As I court God, invite God, and let down my defenses, so much is revealed and given to me. It is wonderful. I know that this is here for all of us. Which makes me very excited to reach out and share my experience with you.
Today, I am not going into this experience so strictly. After all, I’m writing this blog and I’m doing laundry. I also spent a lengthly bit of time talking to my husband instead of staying retreated in the room studying and worshipping. As I type this I am listening to a great Christian contemporary station and I’m playing with saying thank you and really feeling grateful to God with everything I touch. Just praying silently in thanks throughout my day. Basically looking into how I can honor God and invite God in everything I do. I feel good. I feel peaceful, happy, relaxed, revitalized. I constantly feel God’s presence in my life through intuition, outward blessings, assistance, and understanding. It is wonderful. Once I saw what Jesus has to say about the Sabbath, I am going into it less with a desire to “do it right” (Old Testament style) and more with a desire to really show love for God, let myself be open to change and rest, and with an inquisitive love in my heart (New Testament Style.) The fine line here is making sure I’m not making excuses for treating the Sabbath day like any other day and being open to God moving in me and changing things for the better.
If you could live a richer, happier, healthier life by slowing down and turning to love, praise, and gratitude, one day a week, would you do it? Could open your heart to God? Could you approach prayer, mediation, worship, and learning with an open heart? If you can’t imagine all of this, what can you imagine? What space in your heart and mind is open?
To start honoring the Sabbath and taking your day of divinely given rest, here are some resources:
Speak Life – Toby Mac – Lyrics | Video | Purchase
He Reigns – Newsboys – Lyrics | Video | Purchase
Flawless – Mercy Me – Lyrics | Video | Purchase
Same Power – Jeremy Camp – Lyrics | Video | Purchase
Everything Comes Alive – We Are Messengers – Lyrics | Video | Purchase
Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin – Lyrics | Video | Purchase
Hebrews 4:9 – There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Mark 2:27 – And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Exodus 20:8-11 – Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
I hope this helps you dive in to this wonderful practice or strengthen your experience of the Sabbath day if you have already started. This is not just for Jews, not just for Christians, this for anyone that loves God and is open to the great things God has in store for those who set themselves aside to focus and honor him.
“May we be humble in our approach, loving in our hearts, and open in our minds.”