One biblical command I still haven’t quite figured out how to follow is the Sabbath, or day of rest. I know some believe the Sabbath is an Old Testament ideal abolished by Christ, but it seems to me that we still do need a day of rest – if God rested at Creation and Jesus regularly withdrew for long periods of rest, why shouldn’t we? Plus, Christ told us that the Sabbath was made for us (Mark 2:27), so it must benefit us somehow.
But some jobs just don’t allow for time off – farming, for instance. And parenting young children. Really, how can I go an entire day without feeding my children, changing diapers, preventing them from hurting each other or burning down the house, cleaning up major messes, making sure the kids get adequate sleep, teaching them, and helping them keep busy? It’s just not possible to avoid working when parenting is your work.
I asked this question once during a class at church when we were discussing observation of the Sabbath, and the teacher’s response was that these actions are not my work but my “daily responsibilities.” I don’t buy it – how can the most difficult job I’ve ever had not be work?
So, I’d love to know: how do you observe a day of rest, especially if your job is one that doesn’t allow for time off?