God rested. | Genesis 2:1-3
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:1-3 | ESV
It’s a divine mantra of sorts. God creates light, separates it from the darkness. He says, “Good.” He makes the expanse of heaven. He says, “Good.” He gathers oceans and forms mountains. He pronounces it, “Good.” He populates the heaven with sun, moon and stars, the sky with birds, the sea with fish, the land with wildlife and ultimately humanity. He says, after each creative movement, “Good. Good. Good.” And then, at the apex of it all he booms out, “Very good!” And then comes the seventh day, and he whispers, “Holy” and then basks in the beauty. More than that, he invites humanity to join in the holy reverie. Man and woman had just been created, they are no doubt ready to discover their unexercised strength, their unexplored potential, their untapped abilities and creativity to really do something and make an impact on this wide open new world. And then evening comes. And humanity’s first day becomes his stop day. And we haven’t stopped since. We are so driven, so intense, so eventful…and so stressed and pulled and worried. Imagining we are gods making this show happen day in and day out has its price. But when the Divine stopped that day, it wasn’t due to exhaustion or weariness. At least I don’t imagine so. It was because what he made took his breath away – and he knew/knows we need to experience the same on a regular basis (like, weekly, at least!) if we are to continue to breathe freely; in fact, if we are to continue to breathe, period. Work isn’t the point of our existence, with punctuated rest stops serving to make us more productive workers. All work leads to the crowning glory of enraptured wonder. Rest is the point. No wonder God whispered and whispers it still: “Holy.”
When is the last time, imitating God’s example, you rested?
Lord, lead me into true Sabbath rest, untainted by religious straining, unhindered by the drive to be productive achievers. Let me rest in you and bask in your beauty, in the beauty of your creation.
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