Deeper Day 81: Sabbatical

On my last partial day in Montana, I had the privilege of being alone for several hours.  It’s a privilege for me because it happens so rarely.  While I was sitting and staring out the window, I heard God say, “Sabbatical.”

Sabbatical:  Noun- A period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked.   Adjective- Of or appropriate to the sabbath.

God then showed me that He’s been giving me a sabbatical.  I never looked at my life that way, but it did certainly bring a unique perspective to my current situation.  I have spent much of my time writing, worshiping and praying.  Chris and I have spent a lot of time simply enjoying each other’s company.  But still I never thought of it as a sabbatical.  Then I thought of the part of that definition that said, “paid leave”, and I thought, “We’ve barely been getting by”, but in all honesty, God has truly provided a lot for us during this time.”

So yes, this is a sabbatical.

Then He also said that my weekend away in Montana was another type of sabbatical.  I was getting an opportunity to see new things and meet new people.  I had most of my meals provided for while there, and even my accommodations were free. Apart from my ticket and rental car, the trip was relatively inexpensive.  It had been provided for by God in every way.

So yes, it too was a sabbatical from my sabbatical, it would seem.

Sometimes, we simply need an adjustment to our perspective.  I could look at life right now from the lens of poverty or from the lens of holy abundance.  I prefer the latter.

Prayer Moment: God, help me to always be a “glass half full” type of person.  When the enemy works hard to hold me down, help me to always rise up.  When the enemy tries to block my way, help me to always break through.  When life hands me lemons, let me always set up a lemonade stand.  I will not be defeated by the enemy.  You are my breakthrough.  You are my Rock.  I can trust You.  Today is not forever, and this season will end.  I can count on You.  Thank You for being all that You are.  In Jesus name, Amen.

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard:  that You, O God, are strong, and that You, O Lord, are loving.  Surely You will reward each person according to what he has done.  Psalm 62:11-12

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for He grants sleep to those He loves.  Psalm 127:2

Then He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.  Mark 2:27

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:8

The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  Exodus 33:14