How to Practice Rewind in your Sabbath:
- I would encourage you to plan ahead and choose a small passage of Scripture or a chapter that you will use in your Sabbath. Also, I encourage you to not play Bible roulette but be mindful of the passage so that you can really sink into it and let it sink into you.
- You may want to choose a passage like John 3:16-17; Psalm 23:1-6l; Psalm 46:10 or 1 John 4:7-21; Exodus 20:8-11: Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Matthew 5:1-13, 6:9-13.
- I would also suggest that you try to commit these passages to memory so that you can recall them and incorporate them during any of your Sabbath moments (stop, pause, play, rewind or fast forward).
- When you find the passage that you will use in your Sabbath moment, stop, take a deep breath and ask Holy Spirit to help you enter into this promise with Him.
- After slowly (and I mean slowwwwwwwwwwly) reading the passage a few times, go back through and ask God to highlight a word or phrase that you sense you are supposed to focus in on. Remember this is not a Bible study but a time for God’s word to be studying you.
- Once you have that word or phrase, begin to remember (rewind) how you have seen this promise enacted in your life, in others, in His Word. Be mindful of what comes to mind and how it makes you feel.
- Ask Jesus to help you with applying this promise to your current circumstance.
- Remember to thank Him for slowing you down and helping you to be obedient in the rhythms of your life.
- Remember to thank Him for the purpose of Sabbath, to not only rest but to remember your redemption.
- If you want another exercise to add to the above try the following. Take a passage like Psalm 46:10 and slowly subtract a word.
- For example, the passage is Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know that I. Be still and know that. Be still and know. Be still and. Be still. Be.
- Pay attention to what God brings to remembrance in each subtraction.
Questions for Prayer and Reflection:
- When you think of taking time to Sabbath rewind (remember) what comes to your mind? Excitement, Boredom, Indifference, Nervousness? All of the above? Why do you think that is?
- What have been some of the challenges of putting this practice of Sabbath into your day or week?
- What have been some of the benefits of a Sabbath rewind?
- What have been some of the highlights or insights you have received from God’s Word about yourself, about God, about the past or present?
- Review the last four weeks and the practices of Stop, Pause, Play and now Rewind. What have you learned about taking back control in your life through Sabbath?