Yes – God took a break.
The pattern of work and rest is extended to the yearly calendar of feasts and festivals God commanded as well as the Sabbath Year (Lev 25) which called for the nation of Israel to refrain from working the fields every seven years.
In our modern days, we have to fight to keep our “Sabbath day” holy. Work continues 24/7 for many. Some struggle with finding a pattern of work and rest because they are not in control of their work schedule. At times bosses don’t care that you’ve worked 10 days in a row. If you want to keep working, you better show up tomorrow! The Sabbath laws were laws of justice as they protected Israelite workers from being exploited.
Thankfully, many of us do have some control over our schedule. The pressure to overwork comes from our internal identity issues in which our personal value is wrapped up with our performance on the job. Taking non-productive time off to read, hike, or even sleep challenges our performance-based identity.
The month of August is a time when it seems as though London takes a deep breath, slows down just a bit, before roaring back to life in September. And I’m so thankful for this month.
Take advantage of the London calendar. Slow down a bit. Turn off the TV and read a book. Walk in the park. Take a nap. Slow down and “smell the roses” both figuratively and literally!
This is the pattern God designed for us. Rest is good for the soul. Make rest a priority in your life – weekly, monthly, annually.