Sabbath is approaching in a few hours. It’s the 4th commandment and one I value. But I admit, resting has been a surprising battle for me.
That’s a new word I’ve learned in recent years. It’s basically resting before God on Sabbath. But far too often, I find myself doing anything but resting. I’ve got small children ranging from age 10 (next month) to age 2. There’s messes. Spills. Piles of toys. Needs. Many needs.
In the past I literally could feel my anxiety level kicking up as the dishes piled up in the sink and the floor was covered with toys. As soon as Sabbath was over I’d be cleaning up and catching up. I felt like I was trying to break even.
Then came Shabbatzilla.
Heard of Bridezilla? It is a television show about normal women who become a controlling, stressed out, monster or Godzilla.
Sheepishly I say…I’ve been that. I went through this season.
It’s Sabbath! Don’t make that mess. Just sit there. I don’t want to clean that up later. I’m tired. Can’t you see mommy is tired?!
Rather than resting, Sabbath was a reminder that I can’t rest. If I rest, there will be more work later that I am too exhausted to tackle.
Praise God I outgrew that.
But I still had a lot of learning to do. No, I don’t need to browse online for deals. I don’t need to look at negative news stories. I don’t need to argue. I’m a pretty easy going person. I don’t like conflict. But when I was more immature I’d debate over just about anything.
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
Where I am now.
I think I’m finally really understanding what resting is about. My final hurdle on Sabbaths was being mentally still. My mind was working so many times when my body was idle.
Shalom in the home is so important. And I’m appreciating the beauty of Shabbat.
It’s not a burden. It’s not a pain to keep. And it’s a blessing.
Isaiah 56:2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
This Sabbath, I’m thanking God that I see this truth and get the honor to keep it. I pray you learn to rest too. Sit at the feet of Jesus.
Matthew 12:29-30 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Luke 10:38-42 ESV Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?
Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”