The word “sabbatical” is from the same root as Hebrew word “Shabbat,” or Sabbath. The precedent for the Sabbath rest was set by God himself, after he created the world, and he commands us to keep the sabbath as well. Now, some people interpret the Sabbath rest as literally one day per week, when we are commanded to rest from our work. Others say that our Sabbath rest IS Jesus himself, because we “rest from work” when we trust Him alone for our salvation. We no longer are bound by the Law, since Jesus Himself fulfilled the law.
I see validity in both interpretations. I do know one thing: That God occasionally calls us to a Shabbat in many aspects of our lives, setting aside our toil to focus, reflect, and renew. For me, it is not natural to slow down. I am driven to constantly learn and do new things. I am a “go, go go” person, so when the Lord wants me to stop, he has to really get my attention! (I should work on this, I know!)
Well, He has commanded my attention. Our family has been going through some difficult times. Although I know that we are not alone in our struggles, we have had to pull together, and focus our attention to get through. The great thing about God is that He works within the struggles, not despite them. And He certainly doesn’t protect us from all hardships.
I hesitate to write a post like this, because I don’t want people to worry. We are all fine, my kids are well, I’m still madly in love with my husband. It’s just a challenging time right now, and it’s not fully my story to tell.
My instinct is to power ahead instead of listening to my body, and the Lord’s gentle nudging. But I’m not going to do that this time. I’m going to be resting for a while. I won’t say I’m NOT going blog for x number of days or weeks, but I’m going to take the advice of Scott Stratten (@UnMarketing), who said, “Blog when you have something great to say.”
I have several reviews I’m backed up for, so I’ll try to get those out in the next few weeks. I’ll blog when something’s on my heart, or I just can’t wait to share some tips or photos. But I’m not going to put a post up just to be there. Am I worried about losing opportunities and followers? Oh, sure. I love everything I’ve been blessed to participate in and all the wonderful people I interact with. But I know I’m doing the right thing. The Lord will guide me into the perfect place, personally, emotionally, and professionally.
I would love it if you would join me in prayer for resolution of some tough issues, and direction for me and the family. I’m thinking there may be some changes coming up, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
So, tell me what you think about Sabbath rest! And if you want to hang out, come chat with me on Twitter!