We were created to live according to a cycle of work that takes a break from the daily routine and then rests. God designed creation to function with a Sabbath rest included in our weekly routine. There is no legalistic basis to rigidly observe a specific day of rest any longer but the principle of a day of rest has never been rescinded in the Bible.
My calendar is typically very full. My normal work week starts early and ends late. A two digit-hour work day is more usual than not.
Most of my colleagues rarely see my routine. I will pass multiple shifts in a single day. Often when I see them, I simply flash them a smile.
My years on this earth have taught me a lot about myself. I can actually feel the need to find a respite. An urgency of the soul whispers that I must look for a break and get away.
Once I scheduled time-off in my calendar, I guard it. Just committing to an appointment gives me the final measure of endurance to finish my schedule. Then on the appointed day I am packed and off to a destination to rejuvenate my soul.
The morning of my single day of revival began long before the sun came up. All of my gear was stowed where I could retrieve anything that I would need for my day of solitude. At a rendezvous point, I met my guide.
Robert pointed me to my destination. He gave me the lay of the land. Now, I could hike and roam and explore what the Creator had left for us to enjoy.
The sunrise was glorious. It was like coming alive after a long and arduous workout. Relief was welcoming like releasing the barbell at the end of a rigorous training session.
Our sun lit up the woods where I wandered. Green grass, healthy trees and a backdrop of an endless sky with crystalized clouds surrounded me like a canopy easily designed by His creative finger. A natural smile erupts on my face while I pause from my hiking and take in expanse, beauty and wonder of His creation.
If you haven’t been in the habit of working hard for six days and then resting or doing something enjoyable for a seventh, then give it a try. After a while the rhythm of life will make you far more productive and deeply appreciative of the life you live. Really!
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