Every year, during Holy Week, I try to read the Scriptures that pertain to each day – so on Palm Sunday, I read about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and I read about the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, and so on. It can be a lot of reading, especially on Thursday and Friday.
But not on Saturday.
On Saturday, I get to read one little paragraph about the chief priests and the Pharisees asking Pilate for a guard for the tomb, and then this sentence in Luke 23:
“And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.”
Oh. Wow. Resting. What would that be like?
I think of all the ten commandments, the commandment to rest is the one we break the most. Isn’t that sad, that God knew our tendency to overwork so much that He felt compelled to order us to rest?
And if you’re like me, if you do rest, then you feel a little bit guilty that you’re not working on any one of the four hundred projects that need to be done around the house.
I think the original intent of the commandment was so we would have a day to remember and celebrate God, and we would take time to be with family and friends. Just as lace is more beautiful than cotton because it is a combination of thread and empty space, try to make some empty space in your life today for rest, to remember God, and maybe call an old friend.
Written By: Terri Welch,
Cypress UMC Media Department