Blogger: Etta Wilson
Location: Books & Such Nashville office
Weather: 35 degrees, sunny
The other day I heard a commentary with a biblical perspective on time and our use of it. In Genesis 1 we hear over and over in the creation story that “there was evening” and “there was morning” or “there was night” and “there was day.” Only in recent times have we had enough light at night via electricity to significantly decrease or reverse our sleeping hours from the original natural order, and as a result, we may have lost the biblical sense of rest and work. When we work, we really need to be working, and when we rest, we need to put all work aside and really rest. This week let’s consider how to draw the lines more clearly.
I can’t help thinking that just as electricity has given us the means to light up the night, now it has given us electronic media, which also dims the division between work and rest. When I open up my browser, I see all the tempting, juicy news tidbits and online ads that will only take a few minutes to check. Wasn’t I planning to go straight to the manuscript I needed to read? I may not be living in the God-given rhythm of work and rest for which we were created. I think I’ll sleep on that!