I am almost done with the book "Velvet Elvis". It has been a powerful book to read but a very deep book with lots of thoughts to ponder. I have found myself reading over and over again the same paragraph...just yesterday, I found myself reading the same sentence over and over again. Yes, yesterday, I caught myself rereading the same sentence...it stuck in my mind...it really made me think more and more. The sentence..."I have learned that the real issue behind the Sabbath isn't which day of the week it is but how we live all the time." (Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell)
The Sabbath is a day when we should slow down. As Rob Bell puts it, we need to "let the engine come to an idle". What a concept. It is amazing what people tell me their schedule is like. Mine is the same way at times. We are running here and there. We are the "super____________" (you can fill in the blank). We have to do it all, be it all and fix it all. We are it all. Even on Sunday, in worship, we aren't completely engulfed in worship...we are thinking about what has to happen, where we need to be, what are we going to eat. We don't ever slow down and really have a Sabbath. A Sabbath is a chance to slow down and take a good look at what God has done. Take a look at all that is good and rejoice in it. A Sabbath is a time for us to receive the grace and peace of God and to really know that it is there. We all need to slow down. We all need to live the Sabbath. Not just on Sundays, but every day.