For days, we followed in Jesus’ footsteps. We waved our palms with the crowds in Jerusalem. We pondered the Eucharistic mystery He instituted in the Upper Room. We attempted to stay awake with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. And we wept with the women, as we stumbled up the hill of Golgotha to His crucifixion and death.
Now, Jesus’ work is finished. He is not here. We are exhausted by the emotional turmoil of the past days’ events. And we wonder, “What are we supposed to do now?”
We learn from the women of Walk in Her Sandals exactly what to do, as the sun goes down and the Sabbath begins. We wait, we rest, and we pray.
“God rested after his creative work; now Jesus rests after his redemptive work. The Father rests, the Son rests, and the world rests, and waits, for the revelation of redemption” (p. 76).
Waiting and resting can be difficult for us, because our world is so different from the time when Jesus walked the earth. Today, we are constantly open for business—and busyness. And unless we are forced to pause because of something like illness, we very rarely choose to wait and rest.
But God clearly shows us that we need this built-in Sabbath to usher in the next chapter of His plan for our lives. Without it, we cannot hear His still small voice sharing with us what the dawn of a new day will bring.
And we do not need to be too concerned about what to do in the midst of our waiting and resting. For God invites us to pray.
And as we pray, we stretch out our hands to God and put our trust in Him … until we hear in the morning of His steadfast love for us (Psalm 143).
About the Author:
Sarah Damm is a Catholic wife and mother of six children, living in Minnesota. She spends her days running errands, helping with homework, and keeping up with laundry and the family schedule. Sarah loves her faith, coffee, and good books. You can find out more about her and her writing at sarahdamm.com.