Well. This chapter just goes against everything in me. Stop? Rest? Sit? Be still? Not do, just… be?
I just can’t!
But I need to. And I’ll bet you do too.
Bethany’s right. Practicing sabbath is 100% counter-intuitive. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
But we’ve got to make time. “We release and in so doing, we receive.”
“Compelled by Scripture, I decided to trust God and, for a full day each week, stop the flurry of activity that I believed defined who I was and seek to be more intentionally attentive to the reality of who God is.” (p. 11)
That’s it right there. The hustle, the bustle, the busy? That’s all me. My stuff, my projects, my important-ness, my life.
Where is God in all of this, and do I trust him to keep the universe running if I take a little rest? (apparently not)
Stopping, praying, trusting. They all go hand in hand.
This justice thing is about God, not us. And seeking him first means stopping what I’m all busy doing (putting my phone down, turning it off) and turning toward him. Maybe praying, maybe being quiet, maybe talking a walk. Tuning out the clamor and hullaballoo and to-do lists and all that stuff (and getting up really early if it’s impossible to find quiet amongst kiddos during the day).
Reading a Psalm. Sitting outside. Whatever it is, just stopping, being still, and knowing that God is God.
This week’s assignment:
Make sure you’ve read p. 10-17 (“Stop”). Sabbath stop sometime this week. Report back here and give us a sentence or two about your experience (something God showed you, etc).
To Have Read by Next Week: p. 17-20 (“See”).