Some of the world, including clergy, has to actually work on Sundays. If you want to go out to eat after church, be able to be treated at the emergency room, or pick up some chips and salsa for the game at the grocery store - someone has to be working. And I would be one of those people. And in case you think working on Sunday is some spiritual cop out, I spend some Sunday mornings and almost every Sunday night at church with one eye on my phone because I'm on call every single minute I'm there. And if someone needs help when it's time for church? I have to stay and help.
I do think keeping the Sabbath is not just a commandment, but essential to the growing life of any believer. We need rest. We need restorative time to leave the cares of this world and reconnect with God. We weren't created to go a hundred miles an hour all the time. I agree and I think God was really onto something when He said, "Come away with me to a quiet place and I will restore your soul." I just don't think it has to be on Sunday.
I am careful to keep the Sabbath in my own life. I understand that I operate better the rest of the time when I've put in the time with Him. Ab-so-lute-ly. It's not usually on the weekend though. Sometimes it's a few hours in the morning. More often it's an evening. And occasionally I'll spend all night in a Sabbath mindset. I keep the Sabbath regularly, and especially when my soul cries out for renewed connection.
Recently I had a rough day. One of those re-think everything you can and run to vacation to get away from it all days. I came home and collapsed on my bed before the Spirit whispered to my heart. I've learned when He calls - answer. So, I cancelled everything I had to do that night and rested. Here's how the Sabbath works in my own life.
Sometimes, an hour is plenty. Other times it's an evening. Once it was eight days in Puerto Rico before my soul finally said, "okay, we're good again." The important thing is to find the Sabbath where it can be found. It doesn't have to be my way or your way and it certainly doesn't have to be on Sunday.