In the beginning, there was work. Then more work. Then even more work. Then exhaustion, leading to sleep, leading to……….more work. Does this sound familiar? Well, I hope you have all climbed off the hamster wheel for a few days to enjoy some rest with your friends and family. Tomorrow is the Sabbath, so it’s not over yet! But I suspect thoughts of Monday morning are already creeping in.
Rest isn’t as easy as I first thought it should be. “I’ll rest when the work is all done”, is what I used to think. “Then I’ll be ABLE to rest because I’ll be satisfied. I’ve earned the rest”. But, when is all my work done? When is all your work done? When are you satisfied that everything’s been completed?
In our small group study of the Sabbath, we were invited to read the account of the creation of the world. It ends,
“ By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”
Well, no wonder God was able to rest! He finished his work and even called it
“very good”. He was completely satisfied. How am I supposed to get to that point? I can’t imagine it happening anytime soon.
But God doesn’t call me to rest because of my own work, as if that was comparable to His. He calls me to share in His rest, because of His work, which is DONE! I don’t have to add to it with my own work.
Resting can still be hard, but it helps to keep my eye on the goal, which is to put my own work aside and recognise that it is irrelevant how much I still have left to do. It’s His work I can rest in, and rest right now.
Enjoy your Sabbath!