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  • Leviticus 25:1-27:34

Sabbath. Rest. Do nothing. Rest. The idea of rest appeals to me. The action of rest becomes challenging to actually accomplish. And that last word belies the struggle: accomplish. Rest feels like nothing. Though I know the restorative need, the to-do list grows, the mind continues to whirl, and the desire to go-go-go must be kept at bay.

But this passage unveils something new to me: there is Sabbath produce.

“And the sabbath produce of the land shall be food for you…” –Leviticus 25:6, NKJV

The sabbath produces. Not the sabbath gives you rest so you can produce on the day after the sabbath. The sabbath, all by itself, produces.

So laying aside my desire to check more off my list, I embrace the reality that the sabbath itself produces. How will I ever know the sabbath’s harvest if time after time I blow right through it?

I commit today to make the sabbath its own checkbox. If there is no sabbath, the checkbox remains blank. And if you’re anything like me, checking off that box is more important than not. Reverse psychology? Maybe. But if I want the sabbath’s produce, I must do the sabbath thing.

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