“…a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4: 9-11, New English Translation)
Here’s a clear admonition to us to take a break! Rest is not a cop-out or a sign of weakness. It is obedience. It is trust. In fact, it is honoring God’s completeness and letting go of personal control and human busyness, to gratefully recognize what God has done.
This Sabbath rest is something we should cherish. It doesn’t have to be designated to a particular day of the week, but it should resonate with a holiness that it deserves. This rest is recognition, not ritual. It is that conscious awareness that we are not creators, but the created ones of God. It is also making a space in our human activities to do a couple of important things:
First, we accept a stillness that is receptive and mindful. We take a pause in order to let God be God and to love that He is All and has done all. It is that precious moment to know that whatever this day or week has revealed in our work, is God’s action and that it is worthy, complete, enough.
And also, our Sabbath rest is a way in which we can honor God’s creation—you and me! We can give ourselves the loving care God would have us experience. Our Sabbath can be a space to remember and be grateful that we were not made to be burdened. We were made to be active, alive, productive, but also blessed, nurtured, and loved.
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