It’s Okay to Just Be

A devotion on Mark 2:27-28

He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
–Mark 2:27-28

I have a confession to make. I’m not very good at doing nothing.

In fact, I stink at it. I come from a long line of farmers and until a few short years ago, my days were spent caring for my four kids, 500-600 momma sheep (and their babies during lambing season), a greenhouse, and a BIG garden.

So doing nothing wasn’t on my radar.

It’s still not. I still feel like I’m doing something wrong if I’m not doing something.

Today’s verse says otherwise, though.

Today’s verse — along with Exodus 20:8-11 (the fourth Commandment) and others — tells me that God wants me and expects me to spend a day resting, refueling, and just being.

I’m trying to, but I sure could use your prayers on this one. How about we pray for each other that we can all yield to God to take a weekly day of rest, spending time with Him and letting Him fill our bodies, hearts, and minds with blessings He holds for us.

Prayer

Dear God, Help me understand that the Sabbath isn’t just a good idea, but it is something You expect of me. It is a blessing You have given me — a weekly island of calm in a world of chaos. Thank You for Your blessed rest. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Reflection

What place does a Sabbath rest hold in my schedule this week?