As I open my Bible and read the book of Genesis, I am amazed at what God has done for us, and how His greatness surrounds us at every turn. I picture the Lord kneeling on the ground, intricately and patiently forming man out of the dust of the ground. He smiles at the perfection that lays before Him, then He breathes into the man’s nostrils the breath of life, and he comes alive. The man opens his eyes and gazes into the eyes of his Creator. He then gets up, looks around, and is in awe of all that surrounds him.
Today, we too have the ability to immerse ourselves in all that God has created–the smells, the sights, the tastes, and the sounds. We have the ability to look upon the vast ocean that seems to go on forever, the smells of the flowers that tickle our noses with their sweet fragrances, the taste of a juicy strawberry leaving its sweet sensations in our mouth, the beautiful songs the bird sings as she calls to her wee ones. God created so many things for us to enjoy, but what can be better than creating a day out of seven for us, for Him?
God created one day a week for us to set aside all our work and worries in order to honor the One who created each of us in our mother’s womb. He loves us so much that He set aside a day for us just to relax, enjoy nature, and share His love.
What the Sabbath means to me is that the Creator of the universe loved me so much that He created things for me to enjoy. He created unity between a man and a woman. He gave mothers the ability to carry and bear children. Through His creation, and as a mother, I can understand why He did all this for us. He is our Father, He loves us, and wants to protect us and to shower us with joy. He knew that we would need time to rest from everything. He knew that our bodies would only be able to take so much.
I love the Sabbath because it is a time to gather together with other believers to worship in song, prayer, and words that offer encouragement and guidance. It is a time to simply breathe deeply and reflect. It is a time to share His word with others. It is a time to do whatever we can to come closer to the One who gave His life for us, for me.
As I look around at all the people who do not know anything about God or the day He has set aside, I am saddened. I see so many people suffering from overwork. People are so tired of stressing out over bills, people wanting their time, work that needs to be done at home, etc. There is no peace. Our time on this earth is short, the world is caving in all around us, and if these people only knew that they could take a day to just relax, they would have a sense of peace. Sabbath is about reflection and peace. May we all do our part to show the world that peace is just a prayer away.