I have never had a Snow Day. A day where you miss school because of snow. I live in Southern California. I have had a Heat Day. We got to miss school because it was too hot. Now, they only do that if the school doesn’t have air conditioning. We actually had a few Wind Days too when we had a wind storm that knocked out power in our city for several days and downed trees blocked roads. Yet, never a Snow Day. Having never had one, I still understand the concept, you wake up to a blanket of snow outside and get notice that there is no school. Yippee!
This past weekend I heard a speaker, Lance Witt, author of Replenish, share about a Snow Day when he was a kid. He lived in New Mexico and it rarely snowed. But once in a while, they would get a covering of white and no school. He said the best part was that his mom let them do whatever they wanted that day. A day of just pure delight. He then equated us observing the Sabbath as a Snow Day.
For me, the Sabbath has connotations of quiet, mediation, reading the Bible, and honestly, being a bit bored. However, when I think of Sabbath as a Snow Day, I get excited. You see, the Sabbath is a day to replenish and restore your soul. Lance Witt says his Sabbath usually consists of time with his grandkids, a meal with a good friend and extended time in God’s word. He gave an example of a family with children where the husband gets the morning to ride his bike, meet with friends, etc. The wife gets the afternoon for her time of replenishment and the evening is shared as a family. The Sabbath is a time to do the things that fill your soul and revive your spirit. Time with God is definitely a huge component of this day. Time with His people, your close friends and family, is part of it as well.
With this definition of Sabbath, I could actually start observing a Sabbath. I want to make it a part of my rhythm. It is what God intended. When we rush from thing to thing and don’t stop to revive ourselves, we will burn out. Taking a Sabbath means a healthier you – spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. I encourage you to consider this fresh view on the Sabbath. If you can’t do an entire day, start with a few hours or a half day. Spend it without any electronics. Dust off your Bible to read, if you normally use your Bible app. Plan time with a dear friend who is fulfilling. Go to your favorite destination. Do exercise you enjoy. I encourage you to take that Snow Day. It’s a gift from God.
Dream Big! Pray Big!