I’m tired ya’ll. I’m fall asleep when you’re reading the Bible in the morning, so try before bed and fall asleep again tired. I’m did I eat dinner? tired. I’m what day is it? tired. And I don’t even have babies – so I have no idea how Teara, Kristin, and Ashley are holding it together. The thing is, I look forward on my calendar and there’s no gap, just a colorful array of things that I need to do that stretches on forever. So what a beautiful thing to be reminded of our need for rest.
Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death… it is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”
-Exodus 31.15/17 (KJV)
God rested. He created this momentous universe, and then he rested and was refreshed. God built our whole universe in six days, and sometimes that’s how we feel at the end of the week too – work and school and family and scouts and church and committees and taking the casserole to the family with the sick mom down the street; there’s a lot on our plates and it is all taking a toll on us. But he took a break, a moment to let the body heal, the mind reflect, and the soul to settle just a little bit. Since this project began, my bible reading is more consistent in part because it is one more thing I have to get done. But this week while running early to a meeting, I pulled into a neighborhood church parking lot to wait for time to pass – I felt like I was stealing time away, that I needed to fill it with meaningful acts and so I turned to today’s Psalm and was reminded…
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
-Psalm 32.7 (KJV)
When you need a break, God is there waiting to help you. He is waiting to catch us when our worldly troubles become too much. He is there in the church parking lot on a rainy Tuesday, reminding us that this moment need not be work. It is alright to take a moment, to take a break, to breathe, and relax – in fact it is more than alright, we are called to take this break. More than once in this week’s reading we are reminded to observe the Sabbath in part because we honor our Creator on this day, but also because he honors the work we do. God does not look down upon our to-do lists, he understands working to pay the bills, and feeding your family and the service we do for one another – but he expects us to rest. We gather at church on Sundays not because Sunday is better than any other day, but because this gives us one day a week to fall on him, on his words and his message and giving him the opportunity to catch us.
This weekend take a moment, take a breath, take some time off to rest and relax and fall into God’s arms.
Exhausted, but still yours in Christ,