We all know that feeling we get on a Friday night. Half of us want to go out and party while the other half wants to spend the entire weekend in sweatpants, drinking coffee, and binge watching our favorite shows on Netflix.
What doesn’t sound perfect about that? I know how it feels after a long week of classes to want to crash and enjoy doing nothing for a couple of days.
But we also know the feeling that follows: the Monday blues. The anxiety that comes Sunday night when you realize you haven’t started your homework due the next day or the fact that you have to wake up before 10AM.
So why does our heart sink with dread and our shoulders slump with weariness come Monday morning? Even after our weekend of bumming around or having fun?
I’ve come to share with you a better way to spend your weekend, one that will leave you rejuvenated and confident to face the coming week. God knows how hard we work, how much we study, and how taxing every day life can be. In advance, He gave us a special day. A day where He commanded us to stop what we are doing and rest just as He did.
That day is the 7th day called the Sabbath.
Our loving God ordained this holy day for many reasons one of which is because He knew we needed it. It is a wonderful day to be still, to rest, and to fill ourselves with His spirit, His word, and His love.
In my spiritual journey, I’ve continually noticed that when I’m chilling out watching movies, playing video games, or staying on the computer, I’m doing things I think will relax me. Society has taught me that I can spend my time doing useless pastimes and that will make for the perfect, unwinding weekend.
Unfortunately I’ve learned that those activities leave me feeling empty and lazy as I distance myself from God for the two hours that I could be drawing close into His beautiful presence.
So when next Saturday rolls around, take that cup of coffee and open your Bible, your journal, and/or your devotions and let the Father pour His spirit into your weak and tired body. Enter into His peace that surpasses all understanding and rest in Him. “Be still and know that He is God.” I guarantee that when Monday rolls around, you will feel renewed and filled, ready to take on another week that God has planned for you.
Psalm 46:10, Proverbs 21:25, Isaiah 58:13,14