After a 12 hour workday, I had serious problems doing anything. I woke up early, but quickly got sucked into a Marian Keyes novel. It took me forever to wash my hair. And after halfheartedly making lunch, I managed to take a 4 hour nap. I fell asleep in an uncomfortable position and didn’t move–even though Pride and Prejudice was playing in my living room, and my phone kept pinging away.
It was one of those days when nothing–absolutely nothing–was done.
Of course I felt guilty. I always think about people who have children and several jobs, working 12 hour days back to back without complaint. Every book I read these days are award-winning tomes which are written by surgeons and lawyers. Any joy I feel at completing much of my PhD before 30 is squelched when I think about the success of others.
So I push and push and push until my body and my mind start falling apart. I haven’t been sleeping well. I’ve been working around the clock on multiple projects. I have trouble eating. In other words, my body was shutting down–the second week of the school year.
I stumbled across this handy reminder of why I ought to take a Sabbath, or a day of rest.
Apparently, 5 Jewish drug dealers in NY rested on the Sabbath: they stop taking orders after sundown on Friday, and their customers have to wait until after sundown on Saturday before getting what they need.
Far from the “all work, sleep when dead” mentality, these men took time from their criminal activity to rest.
I appreciate that.
It’s clear that these men are breaking the law–I don’t think New York State or God wants them (allegedly) selling heroin and cocaine.
But give them credit: they refused to break one of the laws God put in place in the Old Testament, to “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.”–Exodus 20:8
Rest is holy. God rested on the seventh day. And even though I believe it’s not necessarily mandatory for Christians to observe the Sabbath, I think that, for me, it’s a good idea. No one will stone me to death for breaking the Sabbath, but I am unhealthy and unproductive without one.