The Importance of Weekly Rest
By: Christi Grimm
I have recently come to the end of an extremely busy season. From May 1st through August 22nd I was traveling much more than I was home. This is no exaggeration! Each time I traveled it was wonderful and I feel incredibly blessed that my husband has been able to provide for my children, for others, and for myself in this way. However, just because a person is enjoying themselves, it does not necessarily mean they are at rest – physically or spiritually. Although I was regularly spending time with Jesus – reading the Word, connecting with Him as I enjoyed His creation, and in community with other believers – I found myself physically and spiritually tired. As the busy season of travel came to a close, I could not wait to set aside a day to just BE with my Savior; an entire day where I planned nothing outside of resting in His presence! It couldn’t come quick enough!
The third commandment given to us in the book of Exodus is this: “You and your family are to remember the Sabbath Day; set it apart, and keep it holy. You have six days to do all your work, but the seventh day is to be different; it is the Sabbath of the Eternal your God. Keep it holy by not doing any work…” It goes on to say, “For the Eternal made the heavens above, the earth below, the seas, and all the creatures in them in six days. Then, on the seventh day, He rested.” (Exodus 20:8-11, The Voice)
I find it interesting that God would think so highly of the Sabbath that He would give this command just behind (1) Putting Him first and (2) Do not misuse His Name. Why is it that this weekly Holy-day (holiday) is so frequently forgotten? This has to be the most underrated holiday known to man! Why do we not hold this special time as sacred? I believe Satan has used busyness to cause us to forget how important it is to have quiet time with Jesus through the Sabbath.
If I were Satan and I wanted to truly destroy God’s people, I would rid them of the Sabbath. I would cause them to believe productivity is more important than rest. I would cause them to idolize their accomplishments. In this way, the people would fall! They would be too exhausted to read the Word, too exhausted to listen for His Voice, too exhausted to carry out the mission He has given them. The people would begin to believe they don’t have time to rest- there is too much to be done.
The reality is that we don’t have time NOT to rest. If we are to be soldiers in a heavenly kingdom, we had better rest up for the battle that comes weekly. We win the battle on the Sabbath! Because it is in our preparation (our rest) that He refills us with the strength we will need to persevere in the week ahead. He refreshes, He renews, He restores. And so much of this is done on the Holy and Sacred Sabbath.
I want to challenge you to observe this Holy-Day. Set aside (significant) time to simply BE with Jesus. Say no to the busyness for just one day! The laundry will still be there, the dust waiting for you to clean. Yet the Sabbath will slip away. Week after week it beckons to us, sitting in the corner waiting for us to accept its invitation. Instead, we accept the invitation from the call of dirty clothing. We can afford a bit of dirty clothes. We cannot afford to show up for battle exhausted. Remember the Sabbath, keep it Holy.
Ideas for The Sabbath
- Have coffee/tea outside and just be in His presence.
- Play Worship music and take a bath.
- Take a nap! (Yes, this is ok and even good!)
- If you enjoy baking and it feels restful, make a dessert you enjoy.
- Pull out the art supplies you have been wanting to use and talk to Jesus as you do it.
- Take a walk in the woods.
- Sit in nature and listen to the sounds of His creation. Read a Psalm aloud!
- Read a story about a long-ago Christ-follower.
- If you enjoy exercise, and it relaxes you, then go sweat a little.
- Watch an episode of The Chosen and then read the correlating scripture.
Christi is a fifth generation Florida girl who loves the sand, the sea, and the sunshine! When she is not busy mothering her 6 children, she enjoys her garden, traveling, experiencing new cultures, and indulging in warm chocolate chip cookies while reading a good book or journaling. Christi is passionate about bringing women alongside her into a life of freedom in Christ, and does so by leading Beauty for Ashes Women’s Retreats.