I’m often asked what Sabbath looks like for me. Though I have a book with Sabbath in the subtitle, this does not mean that I’m always a master of Sabbath. It continues to be a practice I’m growing in and learning to receive as the gift that it is.
A while back, I read something Rob Bell wrote about Sabbath that was very helpful to me:
“Sabbath is taking a day a week to remind myself that I did not make the world and that it will continue to exist without my efforts.
Sabbath is a day when my work is done, even if it isn’t.
Sabbath is a day when my job is to enjoy. Period.
Sabbath is a day when I am fully available to myself and those I love most.
Sabbath is a day when I remember that when God made the world, he saw that it was good.
Sabbath is a day when I produce nothing.
Sabbath is a day when at the end I say, ‘I didn’t do anything today,’ and I don’t add, ‘And I feel so guilty.’
Sabbath is a day when my phone is turned off, I don’t check my email, and you can’t get a hold of me.”*
I was reading this on a three-day retreat that was a Sabbath-like space in the midst of a very busy season of ministry. As I reflected on these words, these were the insights God was bringing to mind and heart:
Is there one of these insights about Sabbath that sounds especially important for you to try on or make a more consistent element of your own weekly resting?
*Rob Bell. Velvet Elvis. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005, p. 117-18.