Swimming against swift currents…



Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 

Today is my Sabbath when I will seek to “sow to the Spirit”. In other words, I’ll spend significant time reading, praying, reflecting on things of God rather than my normal home/work stuff. I’ll also spend time with my family and in recreation that restores my physical body, not just my mind and soul. Since I’m a pastor one would think this would be easy for me… but it’s not. While I desire to break out of the normal rhythms of my world, my world often doesn’t want to cooperate. It’s a battle I can tell you – a battle I often lose as I find myself drawn into a normal activities of work and responsibility rather than a Sabbath.

Trying to keep a Sabbath often feels like swimming against the swift current of the world around me. Which it is. It can be frustrating to the point I feel like giving up. But I’m not giving up. Despite mounting frustrations I continue pressing into Sabbath, trusting God to meet me in the midst of my noisy world, my restless spirit, and my wandering mind.

Heavenly Father turn your face toward me today so that I may be found by you, restored by you, renewed by your voice calling me Beloved. I need you, dear God. Don’t let me down. And give me grace that I won’t let myself down. Amen.


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