I know that some say Sabbath is just about God, that it’s not about resting up to be more productive, that it should not mean “nowhere goes somewhere” because we shouldn’t be so focused on the “somewheres.” But I believe that’s exactly what Sabbath may be designed to do. ~L.L. Barkat
“Honey, take a break. It’ll be there in the morning.”
I can’t count the number of times my sweet husband has said these words to me. When I get on a cleaning spree, I am on it! I won’t stop until there’s not a single speck of dirt anywhere to be found. Whether it’s 2 in the afternoon or 12 midnight, I am a woman with a mission.
And yet over time I have discovered that the longer I clean, the more tired I get, and the less I seem to get done. If only I allowed myself to take a break once in a while, it might actually take less time!
Sabbath. It’s such a scary word to me.
You mean you want me to stop and just do nothing for a while?
But there’s so much to get done! Emails need to be sent, articles need to be written, meals need to be made. If only I keep at it for just one more hour, then I can stop for the night. Then one hour turns into two and before you know it you’ve worked right through that scheduled time of rest.
But what if stopping is what allowed me to go a little further the next time?
Think about a car … if you drive it for hours on end it will eventually run out of gas. It may even overheat. There comes a time when you have to turn off the ignition and refuel it’s tank.
What if stopping is what makes us go?
“Just stop.” It sounds so easy. But it’s not. At least not for me.
Stopping requires trusting that there’s something greater happening. Trusting that Someone is holding the world close by while I stop and rest a while. Trusting that the world won’t end if I push that stack of emails until tomorrow morning. And trusting that only through doing nothing will I find something that matters even more.