The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown nearly everyone’s normal schedule into disarray. Everyone, with the possible except of essential workers, is spending a lot more time at home than they did before. Even though experts have warned against it, this extra time at home has caused many to abandon their typical home-life routines. Meals are cooked and eaten at different times, showers and bath times can fluctuate, chores are done irregularly. And these changes can really make it seem that one day just bleeds into the next.
Without the normal rhythms of life, it is easy for us to lose track of normally important things. When a Monday feels like a Thursday, we can forget to take the trashcans to the curb for pickup. When 11 a.m. feels like 1 p.m. we can be late to our online conference call. When everyday feels the same, a loved one’s birthday or an anniversary can catch us by surprise. Things would probably be exponentially worse if we didn’t have easy access to alarm clocks and calendars that help us stay on track for the most part.
God understood the need for us to have healthy rhythms in our lives. In the Garden of Eden, when everything was perfect, God made sure that the days didn’t all blend together by creating the Sabbath. The Sabbath was intended to set the rhythm of life, to help us remember the most important thing: that we were created by a loving God. “And I gave them my Sabbath days of rest as a sign between them and me. It was to remind them that I am the Lord, who had set them apart to be holy” (Ezekiel 20:12). May we continue to include the Sabbath in our current chaos, so that we might never forget that we are loved by God.