I found this little blurb in a booklet from Canadian Foodgrains Bank … it made me think, I hope it makes you think too!
Rest is viewed differently depending on culture and personality: lazy versus productive; workaholic versus simple living. However, the Sabbath is a commandment given for the land and for our well-being. That’s challenging in a society which values 24/7 supermarkets. We expect a year round supply of oranges or bananas or lettuce, in contrast to the majority of people in the world. Seasonal eating, on the other hand embodies the concept of Sabbath. It is a way to encourage rest for the land by recognizing the rhythms of food production. We can counter this illusion of easy access by observing the seasons of certain foods and honouring their sources. Choosing local alternatives to faraway foods also fosters the building of communities and a relationship to the land. True rest comes from the Creator, whose economy functions to bring people closer together.
God spoke to Moses as Mount Sinai:
The Sabbath Year
25 The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you, the land shall keep a Sabbath to the Lord. 3 For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, 4 but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. 5 You shall not reap what grows of itself in your harvest, or gather the grapes of your undressed vine. It shall be a year of solemn rest for the land. 6 The Sabbath of the land shall provide food for you, for yourself and for your male and female slaves and for your hired worker and the sojourner who lives with you, 7 and for your cattle and for the wild animals that are in your land: all its yield shall be for food.