and on wednesday, i didn't have to go in for work and thought i would take advantage of it and have a sabbath morning! i made sure i got my work done beforehand so my morning could be free and i was so blessed by it! but i also learned a lot about myself through it that i didn't like.. like how i am not a very good listener in prayer and how i also get anxious about how to spend that time because i want to get the most out of it. i'm learning! but i like learning and really did enjoy getting to drink deeply from the Word and listen to music and create collage art and write a poem! oh i did enjoy that! i loved getting to tell God how much i love Him and why i love Him and enter into His story in the Word and in humanity again.
the most foundational thing i learned from that teaching that i keep thinking about is: there is a difference between taking a day off and having a sabbath. anyone can take a day off, it's not uncommon, and people often use those days to catch up on things around the house, or run errands, or veg out and watch netflix... which is all fine and good! but a sabbath is time set apart for rest and seeking the LORD and enjoying Him and His creation, and for doing life-giving things. i hadn't separated the two before, so going into wednesday morning, i wanted to keep that in mind.. the purpose was to delve into Jesus further.
so i want to encourage you, first to please oh please listen to that podcast (i love it extra because the speaker, john mark comer, is married and has a family.. so i like hearing what a sabbath could look like in a context like that.. to think about for maybe one day in my life!) there's just a lot of beautiful things & truth & what i think we've all been devastatingly missing. and second, consider taking a sabbath.. even a morning or afternoon if a day intimidates you like it kind of does me. deep renewal happens there. after all, the LORD "set it apart and made it holy" so there must be somethin to this!
learning! wanna learn with me??