Tuesday morning was just getting started and I was already longing for Sabbath. No, I wasn’t having a stressful day at work, nor did feel a need to break from the hassle of a corporate job. It was worse than that. My mind had become a battle field in which faith was mightily fighting against despair, unbelief and discouragement.
Seven months had passed since I had lost my job in July 2015. The first month was pretty easy, it was sort of the vacation I hadn’t taken in almost six years of corporate work with just a few breaks. Months two and three were tolerable—this is usually the average time you spend searching for a new job. Month five was a bit unusual, certainly not a merry Christmas and Happy New Year! By month seven, life was very stressful and uncertain. My savings was basically drained. I filled out many job applications with almost no interview calls and boredom led me to drive Uber for a time, however I eventually realized it wasn’t profitable for me (or my car).
That Tuesday morning I wanted Sabbath to arrive so badly, because the seventh day had literally become my rest and affirmation day. In Leviticus 23:3 we are instructed to rest on the Sabbath after six days of work. Even though I wasn’t complying with an 8:00 AM to 5PM schedule, each week of that period had turned into a “survivor” episode. By Friday evening, I was just relieved that the day of the Lord was actually here. It granted me 24 hours of peace of mind, spiritual focus, and affirmation.
In Ezekiel 20:12 God declares, “Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” (KJV). Not only was the Sabbath a day of mental rest for me, moreover it was also a sign that affirmed God’s sanctification over my life. The seventh day reminded me that God had set me apart for something special and was planning to use me as he originally intended, despite my current circumstances.
While I went through another six months of unemployment, today I enjoy a prosperous professional career once again. “Survivor” is over, and Sabbath is not only rest and affirmation, but also a sign that God is faithful and worthy to be praised.