Since cracking open Shelly Miller’s book, Rhythms of Rest, I’ve been captivated by learning about the gift of Sabbath that I’ve been missing out on all my life. I’ve also been confronting my busyness.
Why do I stay so busy? And why do I fake being busy when I’m not? Why do I resist rest?
If I’m being honest, I’m so busy because a lot of times it’s just easier that way.
It’s often easier to say yes than for my people-pleasing self to say no. On any given day, it’s easier to rush from thing to thing than to stop to consider my true priority. And sometimes it’s easier to choose a four-inch screen over the people in the same room as me. Or God.It’s easier to distract myself with what’s in front of me than to get still and discover something I don’t want to know about myself.
If I’m being honest, I’m so busy because a lot of times I just plain forget. I forget what I want my life to look like. I forget the list of goals to put people first that I scribbled in my notebook. I forget that I wasn’t created for striving or productivity. I forget that my ultimate goal isn’t to make it to the top, but to lay myself down when I’m called to for those around me.
I’m so busy because it’s easier and I forget.
And it’s the busiest days that are the wasted days. Because on the busiest days I trample over young feelings in order to get everyone in the car and buckled up on time in the morning. On the busiest days, I miss the opportunity to make a real connection with my husband. I skip the bedtime story, or worse, the prayers.
As we process Sabbath and rest together here at GraceTable this month, I’m discovering for myself the immediate benefits of heeding God’s command to set time aside for holy rest. In her book, Rhythms of Rest, Shelly Miller writes:
“In Sabbath, we allow our brain to make sense of our busy lives. we process what we have learned during the other six days of the week and apply meaning to what we’ve overlooked while moving at a frenetic pace.” (pg. 135)
On the busy days, I miss it. But on the days I have engaged in Sabbath rest, I am met by God and He reminds me that He is the source of all life. The world keeps spinning when I get still and rest with my mind on things above. The people He’s placed in my life become precious to me once again.
And the joy of my salvation is restored.