Shabbat is Here!
It started well over a year ago. I reached my 10th year of serving on our church staff and began to pray through when I should take a sabbatical. It took quite awhile to figure out when would be a good time (because no time ever seems to present itself as a good time to be away). As Matt and I prayed, we landed on now. This month and next. May and June 2016.
Over the last couple of months, I've been drinking my tea from this mug a friend loaned to me. It's been a reminder of what's ahead--how God was waiting to meet with me.
So here we are. Today is my first "official"-feeling day of Sabbatical. (Technically it began Friday, but today is the first day it has felt super official.) This morning I sent Matt off to work and put Abigail on the bus just like any other Monday. But I stayed home. In the quiet. And it was beautiful.
It's interesting the ways people can interpret a sabbatical. It is certainly a time to seek God's direction for what is to come and I'm looking forward to seeking His face about those things. It's also a time to rest. And this is a concept our culture doesn't know exactly how to handle.
"What are you going to do?"
"Is everything ok?"
I'm certain there are many more questions that will come as a result of my time away. My plan right now is to let God do the planning. I'm a recovering perfectionist, so planning runs through my veins. I'm choosing to plan loosely in these next two months. There are beautiful things God has invited me to in the next few weeks, but mostly, it's wider open spaces than usual.
God is reminding me that I am His regardless of what I do or don't do. The only thing I'm really planning on is this: to stay grounded in this truth: Whether I produce anything in a given day or just choose to love where I am in simple ways, I am His.
I would love your prayers through this season. It's different and uncomfortable. But at the same time, it's like a wide-open adventure that God invites me to join. Pray for my heart. For me to hold onto what God says about who I am. For my family as our rhythms are a bit different than usual. For the quiet spaces where I will hear God.
I'm so grateful for the opportunity from our church leaders to have some time away from ministry responsibilities. To recharge. To refuel. To seek the face of God. To be poured into instead of pouring out. Ministry is beautiful, but it can be hard. I love being in ministry right now, but I want to continue to love it, too. So this is a season of resting and remembering the goodness of God.
Psalm 116:7 is my Sabbatical verse.
Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116:7
My prayer for you is that you will see this week where the Lord our God has been good to you and as a result, will find rest for your weary soul. He is indeed good to us.