A while back I began to get extremely painful headaches throughout my day. I knew that I was doing all the “healthy” things – clean eating, some exercise, enough water – so the headaches didn’t make any sense. I didn’t feel sick. I just had these headaches that wouldn’t go away.
After many conversations and discussions with Eric about what the problem could be, we determined I needed to unplug all my electronics. I had been doing a lot of reading and watching television on my iPad up close, and we thought some time away from all things. I’ll share more on that later. But what it did cause me to stop and evaluate how I was spending my time. And it caused me to think about how our family was spending its time together.
One of the questions Eric had going in to this was whether or not a day of complete rest, with no work, was actually necessary and what God was asking us to still do. I on the other hand, read a book and jumped in and said, lets do it!
Why do it?
Because I felt God pressing it on my heart and as I began spending more days praying, I began to feel God impressing upon my heart the things that he wanted me to focus on changing in my own lifestyle to be more like Christ. And I’m learning that when God is actively pressing something on my heart, I better listen and I better do my homework and research and try it out.
Life demands so many things from us. And we often fail to stop and take a breather. Unless we go on vacation. But even then, more often then not, it feels like we must fill our vacations with many things to do. Like we can’t just stop and be and exist and enjoy the sunrise or sunset or whatever else God has put before us. I’ve been on several cruises, and sometimes, my favorite days are the days stuck at sea. You’re not trying to get out to a new destination to explore or take in what that city has to offer. You have to stay on the ship. And explore the things that are in front of you. Sit out by the pool and relax. Find a good book and read it cover to cover. Sit down next to someone new and start a conversation. Eat a meal that lasts over several hours.
I think that our definition of Sabbath has to change if we’re going to recognize how truly important it actually is in our lives.
We have to remember that it’s a day to rest, recharge, and remember who God is. I’ve learned a lot from practicing our day of Sabbath and from instituting other Sabbath times in my daily life. And I’m hoping that sharing some of what I’ve learned (and what Eric experienced and learned too) will better help you understand the importance of a Sabbath day.
Are you already practicing Sabbath in your life? What does it look like? What happens when you fail to incorporate Sabbath on a regular basis?
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