Friday, November 4, 2016

End Your Week Well - Rest

Last week the girls and I went to visit GiGi and Dude (my parents).

We ended up skipping a couple of days of school and I ended up skipping a couple of blogs even though I was in the middle two series. Even today, I'm taking a break from writing about the armor of God.



It's ok to take a day off. In fact, God commands it:
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work ...
- Exodus 20:8-10a
A few weeks ago our Sunday School class had a discussion about the sabbath. This was a touchy subject for me, because some define the sabbath as a certain day of the week. When Tim was a first responder, there were those who felt he should pick another career simply because his required him to work on Sunday.

So ... accidents can't happen on Sunday? Or God doesn't want any Christians helping others on Sunday? I fail to believe that. I didn't feel that way then, and I don't know.
"Which one of you will have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a sabbath day?
- Luke 14:5 (Jesus Himself)
In fact, the Bible warns us not to bicker and be consumed with guilt over petty rules such as on which day to honor the sabbath.
"...no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a sabbath day." 
- Colossians 2:16
But ... God did give us the example of the sabbath, and He did command the Israelites, and their cattle and their servants, and the alien among them, to rest one day out of seven. In fact, even the fields, vineyards, and orchards were to be allowed a rest one year out of seven (and Israel paid dearly for disregarding this part of the law):
"You shall sow your land for six years and gather in its yield, but on the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow ...
-Exodus 23:10-11a
As with the rest of God's laws ... He wasn't commanding us to do things just because He could. He isn't trying to prevent us from 'being ourselves' or 'having any fun' ... He doesn't want to prevent us from being productive. God gave us the law because He, as our creator, knows what is best for us. Similar to a parent but even better. Tim and I make rules for the girls based on what we THINK is best, but we are merely raising them - we didn't create them. God is infinitely more trustworthy than us as earthly human parents in vessels of breakable, brittle clay.

As busy as our children are - sometimes they are prime examples of rest
This is a struggle for me. We live in a world where productivity is king ... enamored with efficiency we invent ways to use the time that we've saved. In the work world, productivity means money, and money means security and power. As a society, we have spat upon rest in favor of chasing idols.
"The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.
- Mark 2:27 (Jesus again)
God didn't command the sabbath simply to bring glory to Himself. He commanded rest because He created us to need it. We need rest.

Tori takes a lot of "feet up" selfies - I adore them
WE NEED REST. It is OK to rest. It is GOOD to rest.

When we are chasing after greedy idols that demand busy-ness from us ... we aren't trusting God. We aren't trusting that He knows what we need, and we aren't trusting that He will provide during and despite those fallow times.

So, despite my strong drive to adhere to the schedules I've created for myself ... for homeschool, for my writing ...

It is ok to take a day off. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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