15 Aug by Mindy Oon CM-
As a mom to a young one who has recently gone back to working, I am in a constant rush. I rush in the morning to work, and at work I rush to finish my work to fetch my son. ‘Hurry, hurry hurry’ seems to be my daily motto. Whilst rushing may give us the ability to start our next task sooner and possibly allow us to accomplish as much as we can, doing everything in a hurry can have some serious long term consequences! This can include accidents, stress, illnesses and hefty medical bills. However, even as I hurry here and there, God speaks, and I slow down.
Exodus 20:8-11 says:
'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.’
When the Israelites were finally free from being slaves who worked non-stop under the rule of the Egyptians, the Lord gave them this commandment that would cause them to slow down. The Sabbath was not a ‘lazy day’ when they just sat around and did nothing, but a day where they were to remember several things. They were to remember and acknowledge God’s goodness and faithfulness, and to worship Him. They were also to be refreshed as they rested in Him. It was definitely different from what they used to do when they were slaves in Egypt.
We too need to slow down at times to just rest in the Lord and to remember all that He has done for us. Instead going and going until our petrol tank is empty, we need to be refreshed physically, mentally and emotionally and to out aside time daily to be with our Lord. Rushing and hurrying can become a habit that will eventually take its toll, so remember to deliberately set aside time to be with Him. In the busyness of life, take time to enjoy His creation, and rest in Him.
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