For a long time I have totally depended on my weekends for “getting things done.” Saturdays are usually spent running errands, cleaning the house, and going to the grocery store. After church on Sundays I would almost look forward to doing the laundry and roping my husband into getting another “house project” done and ticked off of the never-ending list.
Which is why I wasn’t exactly sure what to think when, during one of our many latenight conversations, my dear husband suggested that we actually start resting on the Sabbath. Resting? On a Sunday?? I immediately started thinking of the things that weren’t going to get done on my carefully planned schedule. I immediately wondered if this was just my husband’s way of getting out of putting in the new kitchen sink and new bathroom faucet I had put on the house project list for next Sunday. I will admit that I was not happy with this plan.
I tried rationalizing the whole situation. After all, getting all of the things on my to-do list done on the weekend put me in a good mood (sometimes), helped me to be less stressed during the week (good for my husband, right?), and just made for an all-around Happier Me. But therein lies the rub. It was all about Me. Fortunately, I put my ego aside for a moment and asked myself the tried and true question: How do I respond to God in this situation?
How do I respond to God in light of who He is and what He says in His Word about the Sabbath?
I am happy to say that my husband and I are now observers of the Sabbath in every sense of the word. I no longer find myself thinking during church about the tasks I’m going to get done afterwards. The day seems longer, more relaxed, and I find myself looking forward to time spent observing a day that God designed for rest, both mental and physical. And the added joy of today’s Sabbath? I started re-reading one of my favorite childhood books, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. What a joy!