You may begin to think that every Sabbath has been an effortless and beautiful experience for me, but it hasn’t. After a few successful days under my belt, I thought for sure this Sabbath thing was going to be a breeze.
The previous week I enjoyed a day of decorating my daughter’s room. This week I had nothing planned. Sounds glorious, right? That’s what I thought. After dropping my kids at school, I took my time tidying up the house. I watched a YouTube video on hand lettering and practiced a bit. Then I sat down on the couch, in a sunny spot, and read my book. Eventually, I took a nap.
To many, this sounds like the perfect day. However, I am an extrovert, which means I am energized by being around other people. I rarely spend significant amounts of time on my own with nothing to do so I no idea the impact it would have on me.
During the week when my kids are at school and my husband is at work, I am busy working, volunteering, or meeting with my partner in Circles of Faith. Also, during our seven-month renovation, various tradesmen were in and out of my house daily. I not used to being alone with nothing to do.
I still had time to kill when I woke up from my nap. I felt drained and even lonely. I couldn’t wait until my kids came home.
I should have known better. I decided the following week I would:
- Have a plan.
- Invite a friend for lunch or tea.
- Read my book at the library or Starbucks. I’m likely to see someone I know and potentially strike up a conversation.
- Do something crafty and creative from my Pinterest DIY boards.
- Go for a run or walk.
Finding rest in the Sabbath looks different for me than I imagined. For so long I kept myself busy and thought doing nothing sounded dreamy. I was wrong.
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In the handful of weeks that I have been on this journey I have been surprised to learn:
- Sabbath is possible when I intentionally plan for and commit to it.
- Creativity fills my soul.
- Being around other people energizes me.
- Having a plan is okay.
- There are many different ways to draw close to God and discovering who He created you to be is one of them.
I had no idea that regularly taking a day of rest, as God commanded, would be so fulfilling but also so enlightening.
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What you do on your Sabbath and what you have learned?