There was no Sabbath for me this week due to unexpected events. Things came up that needed to be handled on Monday. And while Sunday night's worship field trip to Berkeley was rejuvenating in some ways, the trip itself was tiring.
What I noticed about skipping Sabbath this week was how it threw off my entire week. Without that day of rest and focusing on God, I was tired each day and "off my game." As I described to the students I met with on Thursday morning at Merced College, I felt frazzled. And that was on Thursday. I didn't realize that missing one week's Sabbath could have such an impact on my entire week.
I used to think that if I took a day of Sabbath I would feel like I was catching up on my work all week. Instead, I have found that the work gets done (with more intentional planning and less procrastinating). My experience this week tells me that the real truth is that when I miss Sabbath, I feel like I am playing catch up all week on my rest and centered time with God. And I was less productive across the week as a whole. Not what I was expecting...
Have you been practicing Sabbath? Has it met your expectations?