A Sabbath Summer

14 Jun

The good is the enemy of the best,” as the adage goes.  Some attribute it to Voltaire or Ben Franklin or even Shakespeare.

Seeking the best for me, I am taking a summer break from writing and reading on line.

I have NOT abandoned reading or thinking or journaling.  I’m choosing to give myself a gift. A most excellent gift.  A Sabbath rest or fast.

Risky, it feels, and sudden. But then again, maybe it is not so abrupt.  I turn 60 soon. For this entire past school year (I teach and my life is marked and bounded by a school calendar) I have pondered and traveled along deep and sometimes melancholy paths. Bouncing between two worlds:  the one beautiful, sad and fallen that I share with all of humanity, the other true, eternal and rich with promise that I enjoy with Christian brothers and sisters as a privileged child of God.

So I am going to read BOOKS and JOURNALS whose paper I can FEEL.  And walk, savoring this world that our good Father has created, tasting that the Lord is good.  And investing time talking with and listening to flesh and blood people.  I will cease rushing from God’s crowning creation to that slave master – my computer screen or iPhone.

Would you call that an addiction, to feel driven to get to the bottom of what feels like a perpetual To Do list?  Some of you know what I’m talking about – those self-curated email feeds, written by people to whom we are connected.  They and new posts on Facebook clamor to be read.  What if there is something I’ve never thought of before?  Or some news that changes my life?

And then there is that weekly goal I have assigned myself, to write posts for 2 different blogs, this one and Reflections on God’s Word .  Out of pride?  Probably. I know from Jeremiah 17:9 that my heart deceives me, daily.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

So this summer, I will journal, but for ME, not because I want to remember a nugget or way of thinking that YOU might appreciate.

However, fellow logical friend, please don’t stop thinking and reading and giving thanks to God.  May we be like the Bereans:

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

May God bless you this summer as you ponder whatever is True, Noble, Right, Pure, Lovely, Admirable, Excellent and Praiseworthy. Phil 4:8



2 Responses to “A Sabbath Summer”

  1. Regina June 28, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    In the same mind, I chose the Sabbath rest daily through the lens of Matthew 11:28 to
    Learn of Him in His quintessential life. The overwhelming thoughts of the pressure of the crucifixion are inconceivable to me. Walking in the dust of Palestine occupied by the Roman army (enemy), Jesus stopped and compassionately healed. His life showed peace and calmness. I have no excuse for anxious thoughts. Jesus met needs temporarily as He walked toward Jerusalem facing the greater needs of the world in suffering. No one appeared to know the magnitude of His Father’s will and the gifts it brought to man as they shouted “Crucify Him.”

    In this I see God providing the rest so that we might do His Will and He will receive the glory due His grace.

  2. Maria June 28, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Regina – thank you for painting a picture of Jesus’ pace of peace and calmness – of going out of His way like when he travelled through Samaria and spent time in the heat of the day with the gal. Peace and calmness and interacting, meeting temporary but pressing needs take time….days with margin for ‘interruptions, aka, God’s appointments’

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: