Day Fourteen (Sabbath)
Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Psalm 91:1-2
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.” (NIV)
During this time of social-distancing, I invite you to practice rest. I'm not sure about you, but the second day of "quarantine," I wrote a list on my whiteboard that went something like this:
- Meal plan
- Clean out closets
- Start a garden
- Homeschool kids
- Organize laundry room
I went immediately into conquer-the-house, make the most out of this, be productive-to-the-max mode. I briefly stopped to consider, "What does Jesus want to do during this time?" And then I went back to getting things done. Today we Sabbath-ed and I ended up sleeping a lot. I've been running around the house and taking care of kids and I ended up being more tired in the last two weeks than I was before the health crisis sent us to our homes. So today, I am making the conscious decision to ask Jesus, again and again, "How can I rest and trust in You today?"
I am reminded that He is my refuge. I can trust Him. I can rest in Him. I do not need to prove I am the best stay-at-home-quarantine-mom, or amazingly become a homesteader overnight. He is my refuge in all the news and chaos. He is my shelter when all is undone. I don't need to do anything to qualify or earn my rest. He invites me to rest in Him through trust.
Question to consider this week: How can God be using this current situation to make me more like Him?
Action step: Take a moment to put your "doing" aside today and practice resting - and trusting. He has it under control.
Prayer: Lord, I acknowledge that you are in fact in control. Thank you for the promise of rest in You. Thank you for being my refuge in times of chaos and unknown. In Jesus' name, amen.
Conclude with silence (2 minutes)