It’s 2020, the long sabbath. I’ve been home for two months, but have I rested? I haven’t cleaned closets, rearranged furniture, done my spring cleaning, taken a trip, or truly worked from home for my 9-5. How about you?

I found myself working to learn as much as possible and trying new things to increase my knowledge of blogging and the tech behind platform building and feeling quite inadequate for the task (you can read about that here). This is not resting.

I increased my steps to average 10,000 almost every day. This is not resting.

I crocheted until I ran out of yarn and my fingers were sore. This is not resting.

Do your work for six days but rest on the seventh day so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave as well as the resident alien may be refreshed. (Exodus 23:12)

Returning to Rest

Then, I started an online Bible study, and developed a morning routine of prayer and study before posting it to Facebook. Before starting I began to pray for the participants. God brought only one, and that’s ok. It is the one He wants to reach. This was the beginning of rest.

Today, even in the midst of this long sabbath 2020, I am resting in God’s word and I am thankful for what He is doing. I feel restored. Do you?

How have you used your time? Have you left room for the sabbath? If not, it’s never too late to experience true rest, without worry. We were never meant to worry (Psalm 46:10).

It’s coming to an end for me, as I return to work on Monday. Anxiety has been working its way to the surface, but I won’t let it disrupt my rest (Phil 4:6-7). Having this time to ponder the next steps and seek God’s direction has been good for me and I’m not ready for it to end quite yet.

Posting today as part of the Five Minute Fridays link-up, hosted by Kate Motaung. We gather every week around a single word prompt and free-write for five minutes flat (unedited…hmmm). Check out the other writers there. Writing prompt REST.

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