There was a time that I would work 6 days a week non-stop. I’d spend the days sending invoices, writing articles, mapping out marketing strategies, staying engaged with those who were connected to me, tuning into webinars and podcasts to increase my learning and twiddle away promoting existing products. As if 6 days a week wasn’t good enough, sometimes I even booted up my computer on Sundays because I never quite seemed to get everything I wanted to accomplish, done. My husband had even commented more than once about how much time I spent on the computer. Part of me felt bad about working on Sundays, but I wasn’t necessarily bothered with not taking out a time to completely rest me: mind body and soul.
The truth was during that time when I was working at a ridiculous pace I was plagued with headaches, aches, pains, stomach issues and most of the time I was frustrated about something that wasn’t working out just the way I planned. Even before the new year 5777 began, I started reading up more on the Sabbath and what it was created to do for those who love God and would tap into its purpose. I vowed to observe Sabbath and not only give tithes and offerings (sowing seeds) but first fruits as well. Although many debate that we modern day Christians aren’t obligated to observe Sabbath, whichever side of the fence you fall on you need to know it has benefits, benefits that you don’t get if you don’t observe it.
Sabbath as referred to in Genesis 2:3 means to cease. God ceased from all the works He had created. The Sabbath was made a part of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:8-11, it says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Many people I know debate about whether Sabbath is Saturday or Sunday–I’m not here to clarify or debate that. I’m here to say that whatever day it is, should be a day of REST, not cooking, cleaning, running the dishwasher, becoming head of the car pool committee etc. Rest should be rest and leaning on God for that rest.
When I started observing Sabbath, I started reaping rewards from my rest immediately. What I wasn’t accomplishing by working my butt off 6 sometimes 7 days a week, I was now accomplishing with one less day. This happened because I was actually moving “me” out of the way and allowing God to work on my behalf when I unplugged from it all. What is ‘it all’? I mean, I wasn’t emailing clients, following up on invoices, updating bios, sending queries or engaging in any business practices or house duties either. As I mapped out meals for Saturday, vacuumed the carpet and ran my final load of dishes on Friday afternoon, I noticed with shock that the invoices that I spent 6 and sometimes 7 days every week following up on, were now being paid with ease and I knew that it was God Himself who was making sure of it as I rested and took my mind, hands and heart off of all work matters and let Him handle it. I also discovered that I’d return from Sabbath rest with new ideas that would flow continuously and my struggle to complete tasks had been greatly diminished if not eliminated in some areas. My health improved too: less frustration, less aches and pains which are all normally caused by the stress of trying to complete it all anyway.
Now I’m not saying you MUST take a Sabbath rest, if you choose to is between you and God, but what I am saying is that rest (beyond sleeping in a bed at night) has benefits and that even the most productive people who seem to be able to get by on 3 hours of sleep and still do it all,need rest. Rest refules your dreams, it regenerates your ideas and it amplifies your ability to receive from Heaven.