Through the Waters is the blog of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Christian vocation ministries. Because the ministry of Christian vocation affirms the need for all baptized Christians – including Presbyterians - to identify and claim their call to discipleship in each decision and life choice, this blog is designed to serve as a resource for youth and young adults, as well as those in ministry with them, to assist the Holy Spirit in God’s movement in this journey through the waters. Take some time to read and think about your own responses to the questions posed here. For additional resources, we suggest that you visit our website.
While I’m more of a cool, breezy weather mountain person, my annual trips to the Lake Michigan beach with family are always a highlight. The cottage we began renting a few years ago has access to a pool, a lake and “the” lake. It’s the ultimate in relaxation with rocking chairs on the front porch and close access to a quaint ice cream store. We spend hours by the pool, on the beach, playing games, and biking to our destinations. It’s amazing how, having been back from this vacation a few days now, I realize how my soul gets restored in this one week.
It is a real change of pace to have time to slow down and just sit. I get caught up in my reading and feel a little more at peace within myself. The time isn’t exactly meditative. After all, there are four kids who only see each other twice a year and they loudly look forward to their reunions. But even in the midst of the family craziness, the moments are different. The priorities change. In this new and different rhythm, the body rests.
The need for rest isn’t a new discovery. In fact, it’s as old as, well, the world. Even the Creator, after forming the sky, sea, and land, and breathing life into its inhabitants knew that rest was in order. Sabbath was born.
Sabbath, however, is more than just relaxing, vacationing, or a day off of work. Times of Sabbath allow us opportunities to grow closer to God; time away from our regular schedules to remember whose we are. Spending this time with God gives us the energy we need to keep up the task of serving as and being God’s people.
While lounging at the pool and engaging in a game of shuffleboard is calming and restorative, it is the times of getting wrapped up in the gratefulness of the many gifts and the ability to have this time that is truly Sabbath.
Where do you feel closest to God’s presence? Why does this place feel holy?
When have you experienced Sabbath lately?
How can your time of rest become Sabbath?