S: Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” Luke 6:9 (NIV)
O: Seems like a no-brainer, and yet the Pharisees and the teachers of the law couldn’t figure it out. “But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus,” (6:11, NIV). Sounds like evil and destruction of life to me.
A: So what is it to do good? To save life?
For me, today, the answer is simple: be still. Rest in You. Listen to Your voice. Breathe You in. Be filled.
But the “doing” is more difficult. Perhaps it’s the weather – a sunny day with blue skies and green grass after a crazy 6” snow drop two days before – which makes me feel like I have to do something. Maybe it’s my own coping mechanism and response to quarantine – I don’t want to “waste” this time, so I’ve got to take advantage of it – do something, build something, learn something…
But, today is my Sabbath.
A gift from You.
A gift I don’t want to miss. So in the middle of writing all this. I made a choice. I turned up the volume of my favorite worship songs and just sat with You. Soaking in Your presence. Here, I found release. Release from the stress of everything outside my control and release from the pressure of everything within my control.
Release for my tears.
And then, release of joy – joy from You. Lord of the Sabbath, “Do-gooder and Life Saver.”
P: How I love You. Thank You for inviting me to simply be still – for always knowing what I need. For a chance to just worship You – without distraction and with full release. Thank You for this gift of Sabbath rest – a holy reminder that You are God, and I am not.
Photo by George Sistonen