Observing The Sabbath
As we go into 2020, I pray that this is the best decade of your life and that you make the decision to rest. In the past, I’ve made resolutions, but I chose not to do that this year. I just hope I can do simple things like laugh more, smile more, and not take life so seriously. I spent my thirties building my company and being laser-focused and working all the time, and now I’m looking to make a major shift.
Right before the holidays, I was having a conversation with a Jewish gentleman in my CEO group, and he mentioned to me that every Friday at sundown he cuts off his phone and doesn’t turn it back on until Saturday at sundown. During this time, he said he focuses on fellowship with his wife and friends. I thought wow, what an interesting concept. Maybe I’ll give it a try in 2020.
I had completely forgotten about this idea of observing the Sabbath, but then remembered I had said I would give it a shot this past Friday around 4:15 pm. I didn’t realize observing the Sabbath requires a little bit of preparation if you’re really trying to focus on God, relax, and reconnect with others. There’s no perfect way of doing this, but a good friend of mine who is a pastor who also observes the Sabbath told me that I can make it my own, but I should give myself time to get things together (e.g. get my groceries, plan my meals, figure out what I’m going to read, etc.) (Exodus 20:8-10)
Well, when 5pm hit, I put my phone on airplane mode. Because I had no idea what to do, I just sat there and by 6:30pm made the decision to call it a night and fall asleep. When I woke up the next morning, I felt extremely rested. I got up and mainly did nothing for the day but listen to gospel music, pray, read my bible, and do a few chores around the house. I won’t lie, by 2:00pm, I was itching to talk to someone other than God, but I soldiered on for the last three hours.
At 4:55 pm, nearly five minutes before I was scheduled to turn my phone back on, a song came on my Spotify called Miracle Worker by JJ Hairston that I never heard before, and it was like God speaking directly to me and my situation. I’m not sure if I would have ever heard Him this clearly if I was on my old routine. That sign was more than I ever needed, but it gave me reassurance and confidence in God’s promises like no other.
I can say that in observing the Sabbath, the results I experienced were miraculous and continued to reinforce the word that I need to surrender everything to God — my company, my heart, my health, my finances, my family (Phillipians 4:6-7). I’m starting to learn when you work constantly without resting it’s because you unconsciously believe that you are in control and that God cannot provide for your needs. I’m becoming more aware of my trust issues when it comes to Him and learning that rest is a part of being not only kind to myself but being a good Christian as well.