The Sabbath day came into practice when the Israelite people were suffering under the harsh conditions of Pharaoh and his leaders. They were constantly working and never meeting Pharaoh’s expectations. So God came in a commanded something transformation. He commanded the Israelite people take a day of rest. This day of rest became an act of resistance to the ways of the world. It stood up for the value of people that went beyond how many bricks they could make each day.
Working in campus ministry, I witness many students whose lives are filled with work and expectations. There is expectations to get high grades, to join campus groups and participate faithfully, there are expectations to be physically fit and look beautiful each day, and expectations to make money so you are not living of loans or your parent’s dime.
All the while there is an expectation that you stay mentally sane and balanced while all these different pressures collide.
A grad student at our campus ministry recently took a day off after becoming violently ill. They said it was the first time they had EVER taken a sick day. “I feel so much more alive,” they reflected at work today.
Taking a day of rest is not an act of laziness. Taking a day of rest is not a sign of failure. Instead we must honor our days of rest, first because they honor God and second because they allow us to rise boldly for the week ahead of us.
Do you need to rise boldly? Consider taking a day of rest.
Join me this August for a two day retreat to reflect on Sabbath, Creativity, and Faith. Learn more here.