Calm Down, Breathe, & Consider the Sabbath.

Two months till graduation. There is something about senior year that makes your mind spin in circles. It’s exciting and terrifying and sad and full of joy, literally just a million emotions all the time. There is an abundance of things we are expected to figure out before we move forward onto our next steps. My friends if this is you just breathe. The Lord has a plan greater than we could ever imagine and he would not bring you this far just to drop you now.

This stage of life requires fully seeking our discernment from the Lord. Not relying on our own energy or plans, is more freeing than our controlling human selves would actually like to believe. Seek Jesus and seek his peace in a time of so much transition and uncertainty. Most crucially, seek rest and practice Sabbath.

If you are anything like me, rest and Sabbath are hard. We live in a work-obsessed culture, we love our to-do lists, schedules, 5-year plans, and busy lifestyle. As college students the grind never stops, it challenges us to be better achievers but it consumes our minds. We rest only out of necessity not out of practice for spiritually healthy behaviors. Sitting in silence is uncomfortable because the world around us is so incredibly loud. The concept of “being STILL before the Lord”, setting aside time to clear rid your mind of everything and be truly still is much harder than it sounds.

The Lord has been teaching me a lot lately about the 7th day, the Sabbath. It’s a commandment, it’s a part of the creation process, it’s a huge part of the bible we so often just skim over and ignore. If the Lord talks about it just as much as every other commandment why is it okay to listen to everything else but ignore his Sabbath commandment to accommodate our busy schedules? The concept of taking a Sabbath day of rest in our culture is so foreign. We are addicted to our work so it takes a whole lot of effort to completely stop for a whole day and spend time resting and practicing Sabbath with the Lord. Therefore, it’s supposed to be intentional.

Exodus 20:8-10 says,

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.”

To be completely honest, I have never been good at slowing down but the Lord has continually put a huge wakeup call to practice taking a Sabbath with Him on my heart for the last several weeks. I encourage you to do the same. We are busy and it will challenge our faith but if He is truly Lord over all our time, money, energy, and work this is His time anyway. We serve an audience of one. It’s so easy for our work, finances, and idealistic plans to become idols in our lives. Center yourself back on the Lord.

Second semester senior year is a flood of emotions, planning, stress, and excitement. Slow down, rest, seek discernment, and seek the Lord’s plan for your next steps above all else. We need to stop making excuses for why we can’t intentionally spend time with the Lord, He is the one that fills our cup in the first place. The Lord has the most perfect plan for the next season of our lives, we just need to seek him first.

XOXO,

Maddie G

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