Today is Shabbat or Sabbath. It began at sundown yesterday and ends at sundown today. A day of resting. A day of restoring. A day of reflecting on the goodness and faithfulness of Father. It is a day that Papa, in His grace, built into the Hebrew calendar. One day a week to rest the body and reconnect with the important things in life: family, friends, and Him.
The concept of rest has been all but forgotten in our culture. Americans typically spend their days rushing from one event or activity to another, chronically sleep deprived and stressed out. So much to do in the short amount of time allotted.
But what if you had permission to take one day a week and rest? No chores; no “musts”; no “shoulds”. Just rest. Read a book. Take a bath. Go for a leisurely walk. Relax. De-stress. Reflect on all that’s good in your life. Rehearse your blessings. Rekindle your joy. It’s incredibly freeing you know. To just say “no” to the world’s expectations of you, to re-claim your time. To deliberately choose what to do with your day.
Not only do you have permission to do that, but Father earnestly desires it for you. That’s why He put it on the calendar. So take some time to rest today. Don’t make it hard or attach a bunch of rules to it. Just have some fun. And as a friend from Texas likes to say, “Shabbat Shalom, y’all”!