The Day of Opportunity
However, you must observe my Shabbos, for it is a sign between Me and you for your generations, to know that I am Hashem, Who makes you holy. (Shemot 31:13)
The verse states that Shabbat is a sign between us and G-d. What does it mean that Shabbos is a sign?
Shabbat is the cornerstone of our faith and is equivalent to all of the commandments, for through the commandment of Shabbos one expresses his belief that G-d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. Observing Shabbat indicates that one believes in the Creator. When one desecrates Shabbos he's removing his sign of being a believing Jew.
Shabbat helps us understand our place in the world. During the week human beings are busy building and changing the world. Every seven days we stop, we pull back from building the world and remind ourselves that we are not G-d. In ceasing from all creative activity we make the statement to ourselves and to humanity that although we can manipulate the world, we don't own it; the universe belongs to G-d.
Shabbat is not a day of restrictions; it's a day of opportunity. It's a day you can sit back knowing that you're in G-d's hands and that everything is being taken care of for you. It's a day that enables you to refresh, reconnect and reJEWvenate.