My family is blessed to live in a beautiful part of the world – the Black Hills of South Dakota. Even three years after moving here, we’re still not immune to stunning vistas and fabulous sunsets.
This time of year, my husband and I try to get up into the Hills at least once a week. Whether we’re setting out on an evening drive to seek out the Custer State Park bison herd or lacing up our hiking boots to explore a new trail, we’re eager to hit the road.
But before we head up into the wilderness, my husband always stops at the neighborhood gas station to fill up the car’s gas tank.
We wouldn’t want to get half-way out to the back of nowhere and run out of gas, would we?
Writing needs fuel, too.
Every morning, I turn on my computer and head into the wilderness of my imagination. Characters talk to each other, situations develop, conflicts explode – or simmer – and it all gets typed into the file of my current work in progress.
At the same time, another story – or two – or three – simmer on the back burner of my mind. Characters lurk back there, taking on lives of their own.
With all that energy being expended, I have to make sure I fill up my brain’s gas tank on a regular basis.
Rest. A Sabbath rest.
Resting doesn’t mean to unplug, unwind, turn off and disconnect. Doing those things may give us a break from our normal routine, but they don’t refuel. Our minds, bodies, and spirits need re-fueling and re-creation.
We need to rest in God.
God gave us the Sabbath. One day that is His out of our week.
One day to worship, study, connect with His Church, fellowship with other believers, make family memories….
One day to re-fuel our energy and our connection to Him – the source of our creative gift.
It isn’t an easy thing to do. It’s a challenge every week to clear my plate before Sunday morning. It takes planning to be able to put away the normal daily routines and take up the gift of the Sabbath rest.
But when Monday morning rolls around again, I’m so glad I made the effort!
What will you do today to re-fuel your life?