“A life lived close to Christ is not complicated or cluttered. Stop trying to work things out before their times have come. Accept the limitations of living one day at a time. When something comes to your attention, ask God whether or not it is part of today’s agenda. If it isn’t, release it into His care and go on about today’s duties. When you follow this practice, there will be a beautiful simplicity about your life: a time for everything, and everything in its time.” (Adapted from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)
Solomon writes in the Book of Ecclesiastes, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” (3:1) – a time to plant and a time to harvest, a time to speak and a time to be silent, a time to search and a time to take a break from searching. But in ministry we gravitate, sometimes in unhealthy ways, toward activity: “Now is the time to plant and harvest and speak and build and gather and train and program and preach and… sabbath? I suppose so, but only if I can manage to find some free time in my busy schedule.”
God himself initiated the pattern of resting from activity. He could have kept on creating. I mean, the creative juices were flowing! Why stop at earth and sky, sun and moon, birds and fish? Imagine the plethora of things He could have rustled up with just another day’s worth of creativity! But instead, on the seventh day he said, “For today’s agenda I have no agenda other than sabbath, rest, and holy peace.” God knew when to stop, but do we?
What change could you make to become better at inviting more of God’s pattern of sabbath into your life? What would help you step back from constant activity? May you find Peace in your resting this week.