Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Searching for Sabbath. (Part one of probably a lot.)

For the past year or so a question has been mulling around in my head. What does it mean to celebrate sabbath?

This question has spurred on other questions such as: Are we required to hold to a sabbath? What does rest look like? What boundaries do I set? Should there be rules? Ect., ect.

And so I set out to hold to a sabbath - to "rest" from Saturday 7pm to Sunday 7pm.

And I find that I want to do the dishes. I want to clear my closet from clutter. I want to weed the garden. In fact, I succumbed to writing thank you notes so that I could cross it off my to-do list.

Audrey Assad begs this question in her song, Lament, "Why is it easy to work but hard to rest sometimes?"

I think Josh Garrels aptly gives his desired solution to this question in his song The Resistance, "My rest is a weapon against the oppression of man's obsession to control things."

I want my rest to be that.

In all my searching, I believe the rest is found in the coming to Jesus (Matthew 11:28) to give up the "obsession to control things" and yield to Him.

But it's hard to rest sometimes. Why?


Laura said...

Hi Kayla! So, I am reading Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner. I am currently in the chapter about
Sabbath, and your post made me think more about it:) Have you read it before?

Kayla Michelle said...

I LOVE that book. It's one of those books that I read parts of over and over.

As I post more about Sabbath, you'll probably see references because I love it so much.

LaurenHays said...

The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan is AMAZING. I definitely recommend it. Completely revolutionized my view of Sabbath.