Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Sabbath

Hi folks (I don't know if I actually have any readers yet, or if I'll ever have any, but hey, I'll pretend I have an makes things more interesting),

I recently graduated from college (May 2010) and am still looking for a job. I majored in business, but my free-spirited self hopes to take it into a nonprofit/missions direction someday. 

During my five years of college, and really all of my life - I have studied hard and have rested very little. I didn't come from a family that observed the Sabbath, or even a Sunday version of it, and sadly, I think that most Christian families don't observe the Sabbath it's not like I've been very exposed to many people who consider a whole day of rest once a week to be an important part of their Christian life.  We Christians certainly don't know how to rest any more than the world does.  In college, I worked myself to death. I didn't know how to relax. In fact, I often felt guilty if I had any fun, or watched a movie, or spent too much time chatting with friends.  I ended up being tired and stressed through most of college, something my personality wilts under.  But then, what personality LOVES stress?

I'm still trying to find that balance, but what I loved about church today is that my pastor talked about how the Sabbath is about observing the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law. He spoke out of Mark 2:23- 3:6. Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. God created the Sabbath because he LOVED his people, and wanted them to rest at a time where every other nation was working 7 days a week. God created the idea of a "day off", or the "weekend off".  He basically started a whole nation in sync with resting after 6 days of hard labor. But the Pharisees (which, we all have a bit of Pharisee in us, so there's not too much judgment coming from me) were horrified at how he healed on the Sabbath and how he allowed his disciples to basically feed themselves by picking grain on the Sabbath, and so they decided to consort with the Herodians, who were FAR WORSE than Jesus when it came to breaking the Sabbath! The Pharisees hated the Herodians!  What were they thinking!? They must have been THAT angry.

So it got me pondering the subject of how much God loves us and is looking after us, and wants us to take time to reconnect and relax and rejuvenate after we've put in some serious work. He wants us to spend time with Him and enjoy Him! I think there is blessing in that, and I really missed out in college by not picking a day to observe as the Sabbath, whether the traditional Saturday, or the Christian Sunday...or some other day. Hmmm. Welp, I can't go back and fix the past, but I can certainly start taking it seriously now.  I think I shall try out some Sabbath-resting come this next Saturday. :-)

Lord of the Sabbath
 23One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"  25He answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions."
 27Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

Mark 3

 1Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of everyone."
 4Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent.
 5He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.


  1. We definitely do take rest for granted and often feel guilty for resting! But, how wonderful it is to rest in the presence of our Lord! Thanks for the reminder of how important it is!

    I too consider myself a free spirit. I was in college for two years studying Psychology. and now I've been out of college for two years. I don't think I want to pursue psychology, but I know I will take what I learned with me always. I'm looking at continuing my education online. I really enjoy writing and I would love to do some sort of ministry working with teenage pregnant girls and writing. The Lord is giving me visions and passions and I'm just waiting to see them unfold! I'm learning to lean on Him and trust Him and leave the pen of my life in His control.

    I'll be posting on my blog more about this later...also, I subscribed to each post I've commented on, so if you post a follow-up comment, it will send me an email. I'm enjoying catching up on all of your posts! What a treasure to find this blog! I actually found you on my best friend, Kala's blog from Blessings! :)

  2. That would be an amazing ministry to be a part of! A very good friend of my mother's was an abortion nurse, and when she and her husband were having a rocky time in their marriage (this is prior to knowing Christ), she went out and had an affair. She got pregnant and went ahead with an abortion, but it just ate her up inside. Her husband became a Christian soon after, and the change in her life led her to make a decision for Christ as well. Then she opened up a Care Net Pregnancy Center, and has all sorts of projects now helping young women out. One of my favorites is the Elizabeth House, which is a home where young women who are pregnant can come and live while they wait to have their baby, and they get lots of support and discipleship and counseling. They normally stay anywhere from a few months to a year after having their baby, and it's a really amazing ministry.
    This friend of my mom's also regular counsels women who are pregnant and come in trying to decide what to do - they listen to her because she went through an abortion and can really tell them about the pain and regret she experienced in a way that is credible.
    Anyway, I bet there's a hundred different ways you could combine a writing ministry with a support ministry for teenage pregnant girls - I think it's a WONDERFUL idea and look forward to seeing how that dream unfolds in your life.

    So is that how we know if someone comments after us when it's not on our blog? We subscribe by email? That is SUCH a useful tip! I was really concerned about how that worked. :)

    I didn't realize you and Kala actually knew each other (like, face to face friendship). That's awesome! How did you meet!? I just added her as one of my buds, too. :-) You two ladies are just wonderful. I'm so glad we're all "following" each other now!

  3. Yep, Kala and I are real life bff's. hahaha. We've actually known each other since I was 12 and she was 16. She was friends with one of my twin brothers. Then, when I was 16, we started hanging out and became really close. Now, we're inseparable. She's SUCH a blessing in my life. We encourage one another and hold each other accountable. we actually have this thing we say like a secret code when one of us starts acting grumpy or selfish we say "BCL." which means be Christ-like. :)

    That is SUCH an awesome story about the pregnancy home! wow. it sounds like the exact vision the Lord has given me! I would LOVE to hear more about it. I really want to get involved! it would be really cool to talk to her


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