Credit: cobaltfish on Flickr via Creative Commons

Credit: cobaltfish on Flickr via Creative Commons

Sabbath rest is meant to be a command of liberation, an invitation to complete and total surrender to a God who is more than capable of running our lives as we look to Him. The end of a Sabbath rest should bring us to the edge between the holy and the ordinary, allowing us to see that such distinctions are truly man-made. Our rest in His presence is achieved through the most ordinary acts: eating, walking, sleeping, playing. We carry that presence back into our work and service and relationships allowing it to transform even the most mundane act into something redemptive.

Cliche as it is, we need to be filled if we are to have anything to give. Our wells run dry. Our conversations become fluffy at best, tedious more likely. We have nothing to say and no energy to muster true interest in others. We are bled dry by the sheer routine of life, so we stare at a screen or run in place or dive into a bottle trying to fill ourselves up.

We all know it doesn’t work. Being filled requires something more intentional, something deeper than a little entertainment. If we ignore that need, we’ll just keep spinning those wheels.

We are almost to the end of “the holiday season.” Whether you’ve bitched, moaned, celebrated, or giggled through the past few weeks, we are about to return to a semblance of normalcy. I for one am relieved. I feel like I’m emerging from a month-long tinsel-induced coma, shaking my head and looking around for something familiar. While my slumber was mostly avoidance-based, God is good when we least deserve it. I feel a little more full than I did six weeks ago. He pours Himself into willing vessels, even when they are dormant and regretting a sugar overdose.

Thanks for being patient with the hiatus. Thanks for coming back. Here’s to being filled.


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