Can you feel it? The city, your neighborhood, maybe even your own household is bracing itself for what’s coming.
Syllabi. School buses. Bouquets of sharpened pencils. Dorm rooms. Traffic.
It’s that time of year again. And somehow, whether or not you have kids in school, everyone is affected by the shift in seasons. Fall triggers an uptick in everyone’s calendar, and soon, most of us will be busier than a termite in a saw mill. So my question for you is this: what will you choose when life gets busy?
God invites us to shape our lives around one thing: stopping. Just after they escaped slavery in Egypt, God’s people were commanded to set apart the Sabbath Day—a day to stop (or “Shabbat” in Hebrew) and remember who they were. They were no longer slaves who had to work endless hours to keep Pharaoh happy. Their first priority was to remember that they were beloved creatures of God. To stop for one day each week was a declaration: I am not a slave.
Talk about “Constructive Disruption!” Taking time in the busiest seasons of our lives to stop and remember who we are is truly a subversive act. We actively turn away from the demands and expectations of our jobs, schools, and others, and we choose instead to let our souls rest, to worship the God who frees us from those demands and insists that we rest in our belovedness. We build community where our merit is not based on achievement but rather on God’s love, given to us freely. We serve others and remember that we were made for one another; our lives are bound up together.
For me, Sunday worship is the Sabbath time that restores me, reminds me who I am, and refreshes me for the week. But there are other “short stops” along the way that help. I love to read books of prayers and poetry. I listen to a prayer podcast. I meet with a group to study the Bible. I have dinner with a friend. All of these take me out of the rat race of daily demands and re-center my soul.
The busy fall season is upon us. I hope you will make it a priority to nourish your spirit, and in the midst of the craziness, remember who—and whose—you are.
See you on Sunday!