In verse 5, we read, “On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” It may be stating the obvious, but this instruction had to do with practicing sabbath. They were to gather on cook what they needed on the day prior to the sabbath so that everyone had a chance to rest, recharge, and reconnect with God.
This brings to mind the stories I have heard of Sundays past. It was often the habit of mothers and grandmothers (in days before men did much cooking!) to do all the cooking for Sunday dinner on Saturdays. After going to church, families would sit down to cold ham or chicken, salads, rolls, and dessert. Extended family and neighbors often came over for a visit or for cards. Sundays were not only for reconnecting with God through church, but they were also for reconnecting with family and friends.
How important is practicing sabbath in your life? How and when do you practice it? When you are resting or when you are with family and friends, how often do you consider it a time to draw you closer to God?
Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for those moments of rest and reconnection.