Sabbath: Learning How to Rest

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By this point in the semester, I've noticed a pattern in my conversations. Almost every time I've seen someone on campus, we've started talking about how tired and overworked we are. This type of conversation is normal because, somewhere along the way, exhaustion has become typical of the college experience. We work and study for hours every day with no consistent time of rest. Friends, we were created for work, but just as importantly, we were created for rest.

The first time that rest happened was in Genesis 2. After six days of creation, God dedicated the seventh day to rest. Genesis 2:3 says, "So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation." The Hebrew word used here for "rested" is "shabbat," which can be translated as "to cease, stop, or be complete." God brought his time of work to a close so that He could experience rest. By creating the Sabbath, He introduced a rhythm of work and rest. 

God blessed the Sabbath, making it holy and set apart.  Sabbath time should purposefully be spent in a different way than the rest of our week. Just because rest is done separately from work doesn't mean that they're opposing forces. When we enter a cycle of work and rest, we join with the heartbeat of the Father and live the way He intended.

Taking a sabbath reminds us that our identity is not in what we do. The work that we do has purpose, but without rest, it is easy to lose sight of what really matters. We can work for the glory of God, but we can also rest for the glory of God. In Garden City, John Mark Comer reminds us that the Sabbath should be a time to delight in God, being grateful for who He is. This allows rest to become worship. In keeping the sabbath, we acknowledge that all we are comes from Christ

We’re not as important as we think.
The Sabbath is a day to embrace
this reality...to celebrate our
weakness, our mortality, our limits.
To celebrate our God of strength
and immortality and limitless power.
To rest with Him and to rest in Him.
— John Mark Comer (Garden City)

Taking a sabbath looks different for everyone, especially with the constantly changing schedule that comes with being in college. It takes effort to make time for a sabbath. It may not be realistic for you to devote an entire day to rest, and that's ok. Find time on a weekend or a few hours during the day when you don't have class. Mark it in your planner and stick to it. Let sabbath time be motivation for you to study efficiently during the rest of the week. 

The Sabbath should be restful, but rest doesn't necessarily mean that we do absolutely nothing. It means we trade the things that drain us for the things that fill us up. Learn what recharges you. Reading, singing, and painting are some of my favorite ways to spend this time. No matter what you do during your sabbath time, the most important thing is the posture of your heart. Praise the Father for a time when we are free from obligations and free to delight in Him.

Emma
blankets. beanbags. burritos.

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