The Unexpected Snow Sabbath


I love snow days.

I don’t just enjoy them, I still have the same kind of giddiness that my kids do at finding out school has been canceled. I want to walk through my house, pump my fists, and yell, AWESOME!

It’s disturbing…I know.

I don’t relish the cold for those that don’t have a roof over their head or the plight of those that lose power. I’m thankful that I can work from just about anywhere and not have to brave treacherous roads for a paycheck. I know that I may not be in the majority of other adults, especially when the kids are home day…after day…after day…after day.

But I love snow days. I don’t get mad at the meteorologists and I don’t try everything humanly possible to pretend that the roads have not turned to an icy pathway of doom and destruction. I just love the stillness of it all.

I believe the reason that I love these days actually has very little to do with the snow itself.

I didn’t love snow days when we lived in D.C. Roads were cleared by breakfast and I still had to shovel myself out of my house to get to work.

Instead, in the south, it simply means I get a reprieve…a rest…a sabbath, if you will.

Like so many people I know, Deidra and I go full bore 7 days a week. We hardly ever have time to just sit and be still but we crave that elusive state of rest.

Snow days for me means that I can take a break from the world around me, get off the screaming freight engine that is my life and just be still. To enjoy the beauty of God and His creation. To not have to go from one activity to the next.

The truth is, God knew we needed breaks in our life and we would need them regularly…weekly even.

You see I believe I love snow days so much because they force me to take a break and rest. They force me to be obedient to God’s desires that we all take a sabbath.

Exodus 20:8–11 (ESV)
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

You and I need time to rest. We all know that when we go non-stop, our effectiveness begins to diminish. What would it look like if you took time to have a weekly sabbath? Is it possible?

How would your family be different? Your job? Your goals and ambitions?

Perhaps it’s time to stop waiting for supernatural intervention and just take a day off to reflect, heal, and grow.

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