I came across a statistic recently…1/3 of our country suffers from insomnia. Think about it. 1/3 of those driving cars, 1/3 of our high school students, 1/3 of those in church on Sunday morning…have trouble staying awake during the day because they can’t fall asleep at night. 1/3! And the consequences…our bodies are tired…our very souls are tired. Why?
Well…mostly, it’s self-imposed. We do it to ourselves. Many things keep us awake at night – jobs, bosses, health, children, parents…the things we think we want in life…we often do it to ourselves. So what can we do about it? The easy answer is to worry about the things you can control or influence and forget the rest – good advice from Stephen Covey. But, seriously, what is your focus in life. With all the noise of life, do you take time to rest?
Of the 10 commandments, #4 is the longest…“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the seventh is the Sabbath of the Lord your God…” God created everything in six days and rested the seventh…what about us? While we won’t create the world…what about rest…Sabbath…trusting…resting in the Lord? Max Lucado writes in “Traveling Light” about God’s message to us, “If creation didn’t crash when I rested, it won’t crash when you do…It is not my (our) job to run the world.”
“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” (Ps 23:2-3) “It is not my job to run the world”, Lucado said… I know…you are saying the following: But I have to work…I have to pay the bills…I need that promotion…I have to get straight A’s. And yet, we still wonder why our bodies and minds are tired…
Let me ask you a question…why are you reading this blog? Why do you go to church on Sunday? Many tell me they come to church to be filled…To get something out of being in the pew. Many come to church hoping to find some magical words to lift them up and carry them into the new week. My question is this…What are you really hoping for? Maybe a better way to look at the whole idea of Sabbath and rest in general is this question, “What are you hoping in?” WHO are you hoping in?
There is about a month left in lent…try the following every day until Easter Sunday. Each morning before you get out of bed and each night before you close your eyes…recite the 23rd Psalm. Put your worries at the feet of our Shepherd…affirm your hope in our Shepherd.