In the fast-paced and demanding world we live in, finding moments of rest and rejuvenation has become increasingly crucial for our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The concept of Sabbath, originating from the Bible, offers us a timeless and profound principle for finding true rest.
In Exodus 20:8-10, the commandment states, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.”
Observing the Sabbath is not merely about taking a day off; it is about entering into a divine rhythm of rest and restoration. In the creation narrative of Genesis, God Himself rested on the seventh day, setting an example for humanity to follow. This sacred rhythm reminds us that we are more than just our work and accomplishments; we are beings in need of rest, reflection, and connection with the Him.
I can personally attest to the transformative power of observing the Sabbath. As a mother, student, preacher, daughter, sister, friend, etc. I used to be caught in a relentless cycle of work and responsibilities, leading to burnout and exhaustion. Embracing the practice of Sabbath not only allowed me to experience physical rest, but also enabled me to connect deeply and more intimately with God.
Engaging in the practice of Sabbath can bring about profound transformations in our lives, ministries and organizations. Embracing the sacred rhythm allows us to find true rest, reconnect with God, rediscover our purpose and calling, and find joy in the simple blessings of life. May we all find the courage to pause, take a breath, and embrace the gift of Sabbath in our lives.