Originally, Israel’s Sabbath laws had to do with acknowledging the holiness of God by breaking the rhythm of day-to-day life. Sabbath was to remind them that in the end it wasn’t their strength or cleverness or work ethic or technological advances that sustained their lives. It was God, and God alone.
If you are anything like me, then you might have allowed life to get in the way of your connection with God. I guess there are too many times in my life when technology, my schedule and busyness make it easy for me to push God aside. There are times when I just want to get away and dis-connect with just about everything and everyone. I guess that is why the beer commercial that says “Find Your Beach” speaks to me. It taps into that part of me that longs for my life to slow down so I can simply enjoy the moments.
One of the commercials shows a guy sitting on the beach, skipping rocks in the surf, simply doing nothing and enjoying every moment of it. Then his cell phone rings, he picks it up and looks at it for a moment. You can tell that he is thinking about answering, but instead he throws the cell phone out into the surf, skipping it across the water like another stone.
I wonder what would happen if during Lent, we committed to getting our lives in balance. I wonder what our relationships with one another and with God would look like if we took the time to dis-connect from our technology, schedules and busyness so that we can re-connect with God and those who are most important to us.
So let’s try this little Sabbath experiment. Make an intentional decision to turn off our devices, lock up the office, leave the errands for another day and reconnect with loved ones. Together let’s follow the example of Jesus and serve those in need. But most importantly let’s take some Sabbath time and simply be with God.
Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy. (Exodus 20:8 CEB)