It can be difficult to determine what is most important in our lives. We have so many things which are vying for our attention. There are too many seemingly important tasks and it can be a challenge to decide what is most important. We often are drawn to the things which capture our attention the most. If someone is constantly asking for something, we will want to take care of that person just so they will stop bothering us. It goes back to the concept of the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Yet, this wheel may not be the most important. It could be the most silent really have the most need.
It is easy to tell ourselves we need to take a step back and just take a moment to assess. What is it we are missing? Who is it we are missing? When we are ‘in the thick’ of it all, we can’t really adequately access. There are still so many things screaming for us and we can get lost in it all. This is one of the reasons for Sabbath.
Sabbath allows us a moment, a day set aside to rest. This rest gives us a redirection of what is most important. It allows us to cut off the noise and breathe. We can re-adjust and actually get an assessment of all we might be missing. It also helps us to realize what is not all that important. We get a moment to stop, listen, and get ourselves back on the right track.
This doesn’t take anything except our willingness to actually stop. We simply have to stop working, stop checking social media, stop replying to emails, stop all which captures our attention all day every day. But these are the things which drive us and make us feel needed and important. These are things which capture our every waking moment. It seems so counterintuitive to stop.
We cannot go all the time. We will wear out. We will destroy ourselves. We will destroy relationships. We will forget the things which really are most important. It will all be thrown to the wayside. Why? Simply because we couldn’t let go? Do we do this because we really need to feel this important?
Today, may we let God be God. May we allow him to re-orient, re-direct, and re-situate. We might find out the wheels which need the most intention are really the wheels which sustain us. We might find out we are the ones which need the most attention. We may find out we are really out of gas and need a re-fuel. Stop, rest, and may God give you all you need for the week to come.
Blessings my friends as you find Sabbath rest.
8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.
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