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         We’ve been working our way through the book of Exodus.   We were talking recently talking about one of the commands in  Exodus 20, remember the Sabbath Day.   Today I’m thinking of Hebrews 4:9-11----"So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God.  For all who have entered into God's rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest.”  

         That is much more than a legalistic command about the observance of a particular day, but an appealing invitation into a rhythm that is really good for us.  We need time to rest from the business of life and worship the God of rest.

         Driving along Interstate 5, I noticed a big easy chair in the ditch that must have fallen from a truck.   As we zipped by, we noticed a cat curled up in the soft pillow seat of the chair.   I had to do a double-take to make sure I was seeing correctly----- a cat resting on a lazy chair in a ditch by the side of a road. 

         That image has stuck with me, the snapshot of an unconcerned cat not at all distracted by the traffic racing by.  Resting with no stress.  Come to think of it, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a stressed out cat.  

         There are so many things to be distracted by, so many things to be done, so many things that a person could worry about.  Have you ever felt like the world was passing you by, traveling faster than the speed limit?   Have you ever been tempted to race toward some imaginary finish line or a destination that may not take you where you want to be? 

         I’m still learning what it means to live out of Sabbath rest.  My cat lesson these days is to get off the highway and spend some time in a chair of prayer.   I know there is always peace and comfort cushioned in God’s presence when I pray.




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