It is amazing how many people I talk to these days that find their schedules completely jam packed with stuff. When I ask someone how they are the answer usually goes, ‘Good. Busy. But good.’ I get it. I feel like I am barely getting a moment free these days. On top of personal busyness, it seems like the news can keep us busy as well. No matter what side of debate you are on, you are being called to care deeply about everything. From Brexit to Scottish Independence to Kavanaugh to LeBron as a Laker, we are all supposed to have a deep emotional and temporal engagement. Life can be overwhelming.
I have thought about this a lot recently. Honestly, the amount that I am expected to care about everything is exhausting. Caring about my family and their wellbeing, making sure I get my thesis done, working on lectures for Faith Mission Bible College, and being engaged in my church and community, is a lot, but then on top of that there is a constant barrage from outside of other things, valuable things, good things for me to think about and with which to engage. I often find myself wondering where I can go to get some respite.
This thought kept running around in my head last Sunday as I sat in worship. It was in my head because the sermon was on the 4th Commandment. You know, the one we all pretend isn’t there about keeping the Sabbath day holy. As I listened to the sermon, the thought kept coming to me that the place I am to find the rest from all the assaults of the world has been given to me by God. It is the Lord’s Day, Sunday.
We have all been given an earthly vocation that consumes our time for six days. However, the Lord gives us one day of the week to fit us for our heavenly vocation, the vocation that we will have when history reaches its consummation. On the Lord’s Day we learn how to do the thing we will be doing for all eternity. We learn to be worshippers. This is why on Sunday we lay aside the world’s concerns, not because they don’t matter but because they are temporal and will pass away. The Lord has given us a day of rest, a day to remember that we find our ultimate refuge in him.
This life is busy. We can get overwhelmed pretty easily. Some of these demands are good. Some of these demands are there just to distract us. The beauty of the Gospel is that the Lord gives a time each week to get a taste of heaven. He gives us one day in seven which prepares us for the eternal Sabbath that is promised to us. On the Lord’s Day, we see that the Lord’s word is true, and we find refuge in him, and this trains us for the rest of the week. Teaching us that in the midst of ever increasing busyness, we can find our refuge in him.