Workaholic Women and the Wager of Success
Sabbath bids us to live beyond these fears.
And Sabbath has always been a transaction of trust. When we pause, we create necessary and holy distance from the petulant idea that we are ultimately in charge of anything. When we rest, we remember our limited role as creatures. Sabbath is the habit of humility we can wear every week, forcing us to relinquish illusions of our indispensability. In humble worship, and rest, we finally learn to remember that we are productive only as God establishes the work of our hands (Ps. 90:17).
How beautifully ironic, then, that on the Sabbath of darkness between Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection—on the occasion of human inactivity—God prepared to inaugurate the New Creation. Like all lessons of Sabbath, this event reminds us that God's kingdom advances by dint of his herculean work—never ours, male or female.
Best of all, the enduring honor will be his.
Jen Pollock Michel, based in Toronto, writes regularly for Her.meneutics. She is writing a book for InterVarsity Press about desire.