Lent is where I learned to fast. Fasting made me crash, without sugar and caffeine, I couldn’t avoid it. Crashing, as well as crossing paths with the right people, at the right time, who gave me the right tools and set me up to think differently about rhythms. Thinking about fruitful rhythms, in light of Mike Breen’s work on Mark 15:1-5 brought me to pressing pause. So in an If You Give a Pig a Pancake kinda way Lent taught me to ⏸press pause.
I was raised that you don’t stop until your done. It’s almost an American axiom. Pressing pause isn’t stopping though. Part of the point is that you’re not finished.
Fourteen years years ago, a first step to fruitful rhythms was practicing Sabbath. With all of Adelines illnesses, we often joke that they call it practicing medicine because the Doctors haven’t mastered it, at least not yet. Actually, it’s more owning the truth, than joking. David said it well; we are all “fearful and wonderfully made.” So, after seven years of medical school, residency and fellowship, starts practicing medicine.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Rabbi and lifelong practitioner opens his book Sabbath with
Technical civilization is man’s conquest of space. It is a triumph frequently achieved by sacrificing an essential ingredient of existence, namely time. In technical civilization, we expended time to gain space. To enhance our power in the world of space is our main objective.
tipping his hat to the mystery of Sabbath. If it takes a doctor seven years to start practicing medicine, I don’t know when I started practicing Sabbath; but, I’ve picked some things up over the last fourteen years.
Apart from establishing a rhythm of pressing pause, my greatest leap forward was learning to look four direction: down( ⏬ ), back(⏪), up(⏫) and out (⏩). You’ll see this often as we dive into the Proverbs; but, we’ll take a few days to unpack them first.
I should warn you, after Lent I won’t be posting on Saturday’s. It’s part of my Sabbath rhythm. But there’s an exception to prove every rule. If there isn’t — you might be dealing with legalism. So, on March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 you’ll see blogs on Proverbs. After that I won’t post on Saturdays. In fact, I’ll post devotional style blog on Mondays and another on Thursday. Establishing a rhythm is the end goal.
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