I’m not a typical Type-A person, but I do find it very hard to take time off. As soon as I find I’m doing Nothing I’ve immediately got to start doing Something… Anything.
When I’m doing Nothing I feel guilty.
“Who do you think you are? What makes you so special that you can do Nothing! Everything is not finished, so get up and do Something. Do Anything. Just don’t do Nothing!”
By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done (Genesis 2:2-3).
God did Everything in six days. There wasn’t Anything left to do.
So God did Nothing.
And yet that Nothing was Something special.
The Hebrew word for rest is shabath which means, “sit down and sit still.” Why? Was God tired? No, the resting is not Nothing; it is Something.
God paused from His work because He wanted to reflect on what He had accomplished. That’s the point.
Doing Nothing is really doing Something. When we take a shabath we’re taking a day to reflect on God’s blessing, His provision, His faithfulness.
I did Nothing today.
My Nothing was really Something special! I began the day by thanking God for all of the blessings in my life. And the more I gave thanks, the more reasons I realized I had to give thanks! After all that thanks-giving, I found that I had one of my most creative and encouraging days.
It’s amazing how Nothing can be a very special Something.
If you’re not already, find a day to do Nothing. I think you too will discover that Nothing is Something.
***A postscript for my pastor friends. Just a reminder: If you have church services on Sunday, then Sunday is not your shabath—it’s a day you’re doing a whole lot of Something. Find another day to do Nothing. God will bless the rest of your week when you do.***
I have some other posts about sabbathing that are worth your time here, here, and here.
February 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm
I sincerly hope that tomorrow I will be able to do nothing and then if I can I want to top it off by doing nothing on Sunday also, in fact I’d like to go into a week long study of doing nothing, then maybe I’d be rested up from all the something I have been doing, but I don’t really expect to be able to get away with more than the one day of nothing. So I will just have to be happy that the lord gave me one day to do my nothing.