Day 178: Sabbath

Happy Sunday and Day 178 of Another 100 Days of Hannah …and Counting, y’all!

First things first: I really don’t remember if I’ve written about this before or not. I sort of think that I may have, but honestly, after nearly 180 posts (in this round alone) things start running together.

In any case: Sabbath.

So, I’ve tossed around the idea of observing a Sabbath before. You know, taking a day off to rest and focus on God. The thought came back to me today I was mowing my yard (clearly not resting, though I was talking to God while going…)

In typical Hannah fashion, I began to question – why do we need a Sabbath? What is the significance? What does a Sabbath even look like? And while my answer is not based in exceptional theology, here’s what I came up with:

First off: why? Why were we commanded to take a day off and set it aside for worship? Probably because God, as our Father, knows our nature quite well. We’re pretty good at getting distracted and filling our days endlessly, forgetting to take time to rest. Without this rest, we tend to lose sight of the goodness and grace of our Creator. So, rest it is.

What does it look like? For this one, I’m honestly pretty sure the specifics look different for everyone, but the purpose is the same. If the Sabbath is to be a day to rest and focus on our Father, then it’s a day to let go of all the little things. It’s not a day for rushing and fussing. It’s a day to enjoy – fellowship, community, life. It’s a day to let go of the schedule and let God guide. It’s a day for freedom. It’s a day to… rest.

Which is clearly why I went for a 20 mile bike ride today, and yet somehow feel the most mentally and spiritually rested that I have in weeks.

However, physically, I’m a bit exhausted. Catch y’all tomorrow!

Hannah