So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people to do in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them. – Ecclesiastes 8:15
At the Christian Women Connection, a gathering of women associated with the Church of God movement based in Anderson Indiana, our call to ministry – our place of service – is the focus. Any time a mass of women convene in a single location, there is unmistakable, invisible, immeasurable power. While power is more often associate with men – or even an individual man – the collective energy of women is high voltage transformational capacity. We are truly more together than the individual sum of our parts – we are exponential.
With such high expectations, from everyone around us, are women too embroiled in the execution of life to hear and respond to the call of God? Yes, but not only women, all of us. Reverend Dr. Kimberly Majeski, reminds us that God speaks in quietness – not in the wind or the fire or the earthquake – but in a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12). How can we hear a whisper through all the noise we let into our lives? Even when we engage in Christian activities, as do so many faithful women who serve in their local churches, we can find ourselves drowning in the work, but not the Word.
In the Hebrew language “Sabbath” means “rest” not “Sunday.” Sabbath is not opening the church Sunday morning, teaching Sunday school, setting up and serving the potluck luncheon, cleaning up, running home with some quick errands on the way and getting back to the church in time for choir practice – – definitely NOT Sabbath. Even God rested – why don’t we!?! We cannot continue running at this rate and expect God’s will to just catch up with us as we whiz by. God says “Stop!” “Be still…listen” – the nice way of saying “shut up!” – which some of us need to hear before we can actually close our mouths and open our ears and hearts to the whisper that calls us.
Search the scripture. Just see how many times, Jesus and others stopped to eat, drink, recharge, refresh, revive – and rest. Try it. Hear what God has to say to you.