It seems someone has put life on fast forward, and I find myself wishing for a pause button. I want to call a timeout! In the last 3 weeks, I have flown across the country and driven across the state. There have been weddings and birthdays and graduations and reunions.
In August, 2 of my 4 children will be moving down to Eugene; my oldest son is preparing to move out early this fall, and my youngest daughter will be starting high school in September...
Depending on your stage of life and interests, these words can have slightly different meanings. Definitions exist relating to sports, television, computers, engineering and parenting, but all of them revolve around a "call for a suspension of activity or conversation." Did you know the Bible also has a version of timeout? It's called a Sabbath and it is defined as "a day of rest and worship." Every week. One full day.
"Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy." Exodus 20:8-10
Friends, I encourage you to suspend the "busyness" of your season. As a church, we are going to celebrate a day of worship, rest, and play this coming Sunday. Call a timeout and come toss a water balloon with the kids or enjoy a piece of homemade pie or potato salad. Carve out some time to simply sit and visit in the shade of those giant trees in the front yard. I plan on enjoying a game of volleyball and laughing...a lot.
Come worship and rest with us this Sunday. It's the pause button our Lord installed to sustain us through the fast forward days.