Jesus said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Mark 10:14-15 (NLT)
Having a two-year old around helps keep me in touch with some simple truths. My world, the world of adults, work, world news, and problems both far and near, is often complex, confusing, and overwhelming. I do not argue that we need to ignore any of this or pretend that the world is all ok, but there is a simple truth taught to us be the child.
I can relax, throw on my cool glasses, and walk lightly, not because everything is perfect and under control (my control anyway). I can walk through life with a smile when I trust that someone is in control and is watching my back. If the sun shines and warmth accompanies my way I can smile and enjoy the day; if I fall and scrape a knee someone is there to pick me up. Of course the wonder of it all is that the child is not even thinking about the fall, she simply walks lightly with a smile and enjoys the day.
Sometimes, I need to smile, walk lightly, and enjoy the warmth of a spring day. Sometimes I need to leave all the cares of the world behind acknowledging that I am not in control anyway and that all of life is really just a gift. I think this is exactly what God had in mind with Sabbath rest. Sabbath is not a legalistic keeping of rules about work and what constitutes work. Sabbath is the rest of walking lightly, taking time to notice the wonders and mysteries of life with a smile, a lilt in my pace, and a trust in the God who is always there and ready to pick me up. Don’t you need a little walk today?