Everyone needs a sabbath. A regular time built in our schedule that allows us to renew, revisit, re-up, refresh, revive, re-rest, rewind, re-do, relive, remember…You get the picture.
The ‘re’ in our daily walk gets obliterated if we keep on going, never stopping to pause on our life’s journey.
So for me, I need a ‘re’minder to ‘re’institute that almost elusive concept called sabbath.
My friend Cheryll Hanawalt loves to find time to play. Through the years that I have known Cheryll and her husband Bill, I have seen their passion for setting aside time to play lived out. Now don’t get me wrong here, Cheryll and Bill work hard. As staff pastors at the Evanston Vineyard Church in Evanston, Ill., they work with passion and diligence in their call and purpose. But when it is time to take a well deserved day off, they have been known to make sure they have fun. They simply plan to play.
Now as I’ve observed their ability/passion to plan a day for play, I realize over the years I haven’t done a very good job in creating such a time. However, within the past few years, sabbath has become more of a necessity for long term survival so my husband Marty and I are definitely more intentional about keeping one – once in a while… several times a month… or not. You see the problem – elusive.
Over the past few years I have been researching the concept of time. Time, as we know it in our culture is Chronos – or by the calendar, by the clock. It is time that asks “What time is it?” and demands a response. We tend to gear our schedules and most importantly and somewhat unfortunately our very lives around this concept of chronos time.
We live out our lives watching the clock, ticking off each day, just waiting for that magic ‘Friday time’ or whatever day that seems to ‘get you out of work time’. I frequently read on Facebook “Is it Friday yet?” as if that will suddenly transform us from work to play. But in doing this, living for a day of the week like Friday, we miss enjoying much of our daily lives and we miss out on planning our play days, our sabbaths.
We miss out on renew, revisit, re-up, refresh, revive, re-rest, rewind, re-do, relive, remember…elusive.
But there is another kind of time which is called Kairos time. Kairos is a concept of time that begs the question – “What is this time for?”
Oh, just the sound of that phrase transports me back to revisiting some sweet memories, some short and simple, others more of vacation length. To be able to regularly take stock and ask “What is this time for?” can give way to desiring sabbath – which is more than living your life just waiting for a Friday. Rather, it is living in that place where we can intentionally plan the renew, revisit, re-up, refresh, revive, re-rest, rewind, re-do, relive, remember moments.
So today, take a chronos time to ask a kairos question – “What is this time for?”. Then pause, plan and play. Out of that time will pop a great sabbath.