Something unprecedented is happening. For the first time in history, the world is taking a sabbath. Forced into quarantine, thousands are trapped in their homes, unable to go about normal lives. And through this, nature has shown some amazing changes.
Nature has been affected by a lack of three things- no people, no pollution, and no work. In this, major changes are happening worldwide, causing environmentalists and seismologists alike to dance with joy at the readings they are receiving.
The lack of people has meant a brought some hilarious side effects. In Wales, wild goats have taken to the empty streets, becoming increasingly bold in the absence of people. The canals in Venice have, for the first time in centuries, become clear enough to see the bottom, an interesting side effect of the lack of pollution. The air in industrial countries like China and Italy has become increasingly clear, and even air above United States cities like Seattle has seen drops in fog pollution up to 30%. Humanity is reduced to indoors, and nature has responded.
“It’s as if God pushed the power button on the world.” My grandfather’s words still ring true. God has, almost literally, pushed a power button on humanity. Jobs are dead, factories sit cold and unmanned, and we are all indoors, spending our time on the Internet. It’s almost as if everyone is on a forced, extended Sabbath. But that’s not what’s happening… right?
In a way, that’s exactly what’s happening. After decades of both Eastern and Western culture ignoring the traditions of the Sabbath (whether out of busy life or simply a disregard for the Scriptures they do not believe in), now everyone is on Sabbath. Except this time, the Sabbath has lasted for over two weeks and could go on for another two months.
Now, in a day of rush and business, nobody seems to know how to stop and rest. Within just days of beginning quarantine, thousands have complained of feeling claustrophobic, trapped by the walls of their house with nowhere to go. As I wrote in my last post, there is plenty to do during quarantine, but even through a loss of the relationship that we so desperately crave, we are called by Christ to use these times to rest. Even God himself took time off to rest, and He commands us to do the same.
There is plenty to do during quarantine, but even through a loss of the relationship that we so desperately crave, we are called by Christ to use these times to rest. Even God himself took time off to rest, and He commands us to do the same.Tweet
So what does true rest look like? Most people might view it as a morning to sleep in, or perhaps an afternoon nap. While these activities are factors to a restful day, they are not the full picture. A complete restful day involves shutting your mind off from the worries of this world. Turn off your internet box. Shut off your phone. Lock the doors and put the shades down. Then, in the solitude of your house, meditate. If you’re a Christian, meditate on Christ. Read your Bible. If you aren’t, take some time and journal. Write out what you’re struggling with, the parts of life that are hurting you the most. Try to do that for an entire afternoon.
Do what others aren’t doing- use this universal sabbath to rest. Make sure that you are fully prepared (mentally, physically, and spiritually) for the world you are going to enter into in a few weeks. Prepare yourself, sleep in a little, and stop making Tik Toks. Please.
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