God invented His own way of asking humanity, “Really? You alone are the master of your fate?” His way of exploring this question came in the form of something He called Sabbath; a sacred time for slowing down, quieting down, and reorienting one’s life to reality. God directed the children of Israel to live within this ongoing life-rhythm that we have so often ignored. Sabbath had a weekly dimension, a multi-year dimension, and a dimension spanning the length of an entire generation. Each component of this Sabbath rhythm was designed to restore the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions of His people’s lives.In Deuteronomy 5: 12- 15 God presented the weekly dimension of this life rhythm. God simply wanted His people to enjoy one Sabbath day on the seventh day of every week.Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.This weekly pause was a time to stop all their work and to remember that God was the one who provided the life they enjoyed. Deuteronomy 5:12 states this time was to be a weekly reminder that they once were slaves, but were now living as a free people in their own country, possessing their own land solely because God had given it to them by His “mighty hand and an outstretched arm.” Exodus 20:11 also adds this time was to serve as a reminder that God alone “made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them.” In my season of burnout, I re-discovered my need to take a true break every week. Are you taking a life-giving break every week?