It seems to me that whenever the seasons change there is an incredible increase in my busy-ness. Something about the transition from Summer to Autumn, Autumn to Winter, and so on ramps up the activity around churches. In the middle of the busy-ness of it all it is very easy to get overwhelmed with all the stuff that I have to do, and it becomes increasingly difficult to enjoy the down time.
I have to remember that down time is something that God actually mandated for his people. The Sabbath is one of the most loving things that God could possible give. Knowing that our desire as humans is for more, bigger, faster. God knows that we reason with ourselves that if I could just get one more day to work on this project, I get to more, bigger, faster sooner, God said you’ve got to take a day off. Because more, bigger, faster doesn’t matter as much as the state of your soul. And the Sabbath is about rest, reflection and worship. It’s not about you at all.
You’ve got 6 days to focus on your physical needs, and God wants you (me) to take one day to focus on my spiritual health. It’s a great trade, and in the seasons of busyness, I have to fight to ensure that I am receiving God’s gift of Sabbath.
It’s a good gift.