Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Last Friday, my blog post describes my decision to make every Sunday internet-free. Judging by the comments, it turns out I'm hardly alone when it comes to thinking a break is a wise idea. I find the success stories of others both comforting and encouraging as I face the uncertainties of a day without social media. They assure me that it can, indeed, be done and is well worth the effort.
So, as one inquiring mind wished to know, how did my Sabbath rest go? Far better than I could have ever envisioned!
Now, I won't say I didn't have the urge to get on the internet. It's such a reflexive habit! I had to keep reminding myself of the commitment I made. Yet, as the day progressed, I thought less and less about it and truly enjoyed the activities which took its place.
And, what were those activities, you ask? I took extra time to read my Bible, ran some errands, got lots of needed housework done, organized my prayer list, tweaked some photos, and spent quiet, reflective, prayerful time outdoors as Sunday was a gorgeous day. But, best of all, my husband, Danny, and I noticed something: We were spending more time talking to one another!
Don't get me wrong. Danny and I talk to each other. A lot! But, on this day, we engage in deeper, more meaningful conversations. There is nothing to distract me from giving him my full attention. And, because I'm not on the internet, Danny doesn't visit it as often as he usually does.
The day reminds us both of how we spend our time together on our cabin getaways. We disconnect from the world to reconnect with God and each other. It's such a blessing to know we can enjoy these mini-retreats on a weekly basis right here at home!
After this experience, Danny, too, is seriously contemplating taking a Sabbath rest from the internet every Sunday. Wow! That's how positive and uplifting this day was for us.
Was there a downside to this new experience? Only the extra load of e-mail and blog comments to contend with on Monday. But, that is far outweighed by the rest, peace, and contentment I feel from giving myself permission to rest.
If you are one on those persons who takes regular breaks from the internet, what are some of the activities you engage in during your time of rest?
Will you pray with me?
Heavenly Father, help us to disconnect from distractions in order to reconnect with You and those we love in meaningful ways. In all things, may we seek first Your kingdom and righteousness, trusting that all else will fall into place according to Your will. Amen.