This morning, in the pine top is a lone dove. No other stirrings in the trees. Not for a while. Then the wanderings in and out of the limbs by a small flock of chickadees. Next were two doves who flew down to the pavement. They stayed there for several minutes not moving an inch. Watching them in the peaceful silence forced me to be still and silent, anticipating their next move. My next move . . .
I did a little research. The word Sabbatical comes from Sabbath which is of Hebrew derivation: shabat or shavat: to rest. In the Bible, God originated and instituted the Sabbath. He was first to observe Sabbath.
God spoke to Moses: "Tell the people 'Above all, keep my Sabbaths, the sign between me and you . . .that you may know that I am God who causes you to be strengthened and whole.'" Ex. 31:13 LLP
Simple! I will return to my source. And the book about my Source is the Bible. (Now, don't get hung up on this and say, "Gosh! I'm not interested in the Bible or God! I'm not going to follow this!" This is my way of being peaceful, like the dove episode this morning. I hope you will not disregard another human's journey just because you might not agree. We are all human, made the same, and therefore have value to each other. I hope you will follow my journey and pursue your own peace and the author of that peace.)
A friend challenged me this morning to a 30 day challenge. I am going to take her up on it! A season within a season begins for me--Lenten season--new adventures in study!
Further reading: Jer. 17: 19-27; Ex 31:17;