This is the second part of a blog series on the promised new Earth to come. Read the intro to the series here.
To begin my adventure on discovering what is worthy of the label ‘eternal’, in this promised new Earth Jesus speaks of, I think the best place to start is to hallow out some space. In order to know what fits, and what doesn’t belong, we must give ourselves the time to decide such things.
As long as I can remember I have desired to honor a Sabbath day. If there are working parents out there who are able to do this, I applaud you, but for me taking a continuous 24 hour period to do nothing other than “be” simply doesn’t work. So each time I would dream about the possibility I would end it with a defeated feeling, a shrug of my shoulders, and the thought ‘Someday, maybe’. When I started to dig into what aspects of our Earth fit into this coming ‘Earth 2.0’ I came to the realization that, in regards to setting reflection time aside, something is better than nothing. So my plan is to dedicate just one full hour each day to free my soul.
For each person this hour, or Sabbath, will look different, but I believe some of the substance can be universal. I envision Sabbath as a time where we allow God to pour into us the validity of who we are in Him, by completely ridding ourselves of the notion that we are capable of anything apart from Him. It is a time to spend with your family, with yourself, and with God. It is a time you don’t clean, don’t fold laundry, don’t cook, and don’t look (or even think) about your to-do list. It is a time to reflect on His grace and take time to enjoy His love. An hour a day with your phone off, without emails, or texts. An hour that you don’t write, create, or produce anything. An hour that you don’t waste with convenient fillers, but rather with the TV off, the radio down, and your book closed. An hour that is truly just about you being alive in this moment.
This time we give over to our Creator, as fully immersed in life and still completely emptied of ourselves, could be the key to seeing what we need to on our journey. This will not be easy for me, I imagine it won’t be easy for you either. To spend a full hour without any of my day-to-day, minute-to-minute picking up, getting done, and ‘wishing to do more’ will be a challenge. I hope it will be worth it.
I would love to hear if you already spend time in self-reflection each day, or for a longer period on a weekly basis. If creating this space/time was difficult, and if it continues to push you outside your comfort zone? Does it gives you direction, a renewed sense of being, or peace? What has worked, and what hasn’t?