Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
In the past several months, I have encountered multiple blog posts where the authors speak of the need to take a break from the internet. From e-mail. Facebook. Google. Pinterest. Twitter . . .
Anything and everything in the webby world!
As an emerging author and bi-weekly blogger, my first reaction to the suggestion of a sabbatical from all things internet is it's not possible! How can I just drop out of the scene? Even for one day? Won't I miss out on something?
But, as I give the matter more prayerful thought, stronger becomes the urge to say "yes" to rest. After all, if a Sabbath Day is good enough for God, isn't it good enough for me? For all of us?
And, truly, what will I be missing that I can't catch up with later? Those friends on Facebook and Twitter and Google and e-mail will be there when I return. And, those of you who follow this blog and leave comments, I know you will understand if there is, one day of the week, a delay in my response to you.
Which day have I selected to detach myself from all things internet? Sunday! What will I do to fill the hours typically spent in electronic communication? Oh, the choices are endless! I can:
- Read books, not blogs.
- Study the Bible more intently and intensely.
- Spend extra time in prayer.
- Watch a movie with my hubby.
- Work on my photography skills.
- Write a real letter to a friend instead of sending an e-mail.
- Select from various house projects which call for my attention.
- Enjoy the outdoors.
And, the list could continue, but you get the picture.
So, my friends, don't look for me on Sundays from here on out. I am ready to reclaim my Sabbath! To take a day of rest from the hubbub of social media.
To. Simply. Rest.
What about you? Do you need to say "yes" to rest?
Will you pray with me?
Father, we thank You for the gift of rest you gave us when You created the Sabbath Day. Let us ever honor it and keep it holy for Your name's sake. May we, by doing so, be renewed and refreshed in mind, body, and spirit. Amen.