Onward & Upward!
“Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!” For some reason this quote from C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy has been popping into my mind a lot lately. Actually, it’s more like “Onward & Upward the learning of Sabbath”
As God is doing His work in my heart teaching me to Sabbath, He’s slowly peeling back the layers and stirring a new thing deep in my soul. There’s an awakening of sorts to the vital importance of Sabbath and soul keeping and relationship. And somewhere in the midst of it is the realization that this continuing Onward in the journey necessarily walks hand-in-hand with the moving Upward.
The lack of margin we seem to embrace in our culture is just flat out crazy. I’m quite aware of this truth, but until recently I was also quite unaware of how stealthily it has crept in and taken root in my own soul. To the point where I can easily occupy myself with to do’s every minute of every day, for this is my default. After days, weeks and months of choosing the work, a tremendous weight seems to have taken up residence.
The learning of Sabbath
This word for my year, Sabbath, just may need another go-round come Jan 1. Time will tell. Until then, there are baby steps…
… Carving out days to spend with my kids doing both the ordinary and the extraordinary.
…Taking notice of the details of each day, and calling them the blessing that they are.
… Guarding a day of Sabbath rest to read, pray, regroup, refocus, relax and play.
… Stopping in for coffee and donuts on a gluten-free Friday at a favorite coffee house.
… Saying “no” to the urgent to say “yes” to the best.
This weekend there was a shopping day with the most recent birthday girl at our house. We kicked it off with Pumpkin Harvest doughnuts and wrapped up with a mini Gilmore Girls marathon.
Next week there will be a new opportunity to accept the call to “Onward & Upward” and a deeper learning of Sabbath. My prayer is that I will readily welcome the invitation and jump in with both feet and all of my being.
How are you finding ways to rest in your current season?