Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bilbo and the Sabbath

Have you ever felt like you have lived a lifetime in just a matter of a few weeks. In an email to a friend the other day, I told him that like Bilbo Baggins, I was "feeling thin, like butter scraped over too much bread." He said he also has been feeling this same way lately as well. As I talk to my wife and my friend it seems like we are all feeling like Bilbo, and that we could use a vacation, and like Bilbo, we would like nothing more than to never return from this holiday that we so much desire.

For me personally, I am thinking my weariness stems from the lack of a true Sabbath. I think that with the way our society is structured today, that rest is not easily found by most. How about this statement: "I can rest when I'm dead." Have you ever said this or had someone say it to you. And yet the Scriptures tell us that rest is intimately connected to LIFE. Rest prolongs life, it improves the quality of life, it is like air, and water, and food; we need this rest, this sabbath.

So if rest is so important, than why have we all but erased it from our lives? What is it that keeps us from our sabbath? Is it our schedules, our lifestyle, or our own fear of what might happen if we sit still for more than five minutes?

I don't know about you, but I could use a vacation.