Everybody has their Sunday rituals, right? You get yourself and the kids dressed up, you listen to the preacher at church, and then, you go out to eat with your family, where you end up seeing most of the congregation that chose to go to the same restaurant, too. Afterwards, you go home and take a nap. It’s safe to say that Sundays are the best day off.
Sunday is typically considered as the day of rest where you get to spend some time with your family and some time with the Lord. Biblically though, we are supposed to have a day where we completely rest.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.” Exodus 20:8-10a
Abante has scheduled the Sabbath for every Monday. Our leaders have explained that this day is a special date between God and us. This day should be treasured and planned out just like you would a date with a significant other. Having this time of separation allows you to invest your thoughts and emotions in your relationship with God and to appreciate His company.
If I could sum up my second Sabbath in one word, it would be: draining. God truly knows the art of growth, which can be painful in the moment, yet beautiful after the struggle. I feel like this is my year where I get to truly confront all the pains and struggles from my past. It’s like God has brought everything out in the open for me to process. So far, that is what my Sabbath consists of, yet I wouldn’t trade it for the world because it is such a true essence of God, and one I haven’t yet experienced in my life.
The Sabbaths are perceived as a peaceful time where you get to relax and just be with God. That is one way to do it, however, it won’t be everyone’s experience every time. For some of us, the Sabbath will take us through hurtful periods that grow and stretch us in uncomfortable ways. For some of us, we are going to be reminded of our past in order to prepare us for our future. It hurts, but it’s worth it.
In my opinion, this is what a Sabbath can do for you:
1.It realigns you; it keeps you in check!
2.It prepares you for what is to come.
3.It gives you rest when you are weary while connecting you with God.
4.The Sabbath helps you destress from your week, giving you a sense of relief at the end of the day.
Find comfort in knowing what can be achieved for you and your relationship with God. I highly encourage you to find one day where you’re truly able to be with God. Plan that special date, believe me, you won’t regret it!