This is going to be a really great year. I can just feel it.
It's my year of Sabbath--my sabbatical. It's my Year of Jubilee.
A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about a coincidence. I have an extremely light workload/school load this year due to switching to the three-year MSW plan. There was also an error made by my advisor that made the workload even lighter.
This term I only have one class. One! And next term only two. No internship. No outside work. No homeschooling.
And did I mention I have the whole summer off???
The funny thing is, when all this all came down, I didn't know we would be adopting AGAIN this year. What perfect timing!
I laughed about the coincidence, but then my friend tilted her head, gave me a grin, winked, and said, "Are you sure it was just a coincidence? Sounds like a God-thing to me!"
I smiled, paused, and then declared her correct! Just to be a little bit of a tease I hollered out, "This must be my Year of Jubilee!"
I really didn't know much about the year of jubilee. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to learn.
In Leviticus 25 there is an explanation of the sabbath year and the year of jubilee.
Interestingly enough, I realized this is my seventh year of college. I started back full-time after watching the inspirational movie The Pursuit of Happyness; first finishing my bachelors, then going right into my MSW. Most of that time I was either doing daycare or working, so it's been busy. Having this quiet year is truly a sabbath.
Even more interesting, I discovered the Year of Jubilee occurs during the 49th/50th year (depending on how it's translated).
I just turned 49--so this is my 50th year of life.
This really is my Year of Jubilee.
I don't understand all that is written in the bible about the year of jubilee. There is a great deal of instruction about land ownings, loans, and the buying and selling of property. But there is also instruction on freeing slaves, returning to family, and taking a year off to regenerate and celebrate--I understand that part well!
After reading Leviticus 25, I am left with the knowledge that the year of jubilee was filled with hope, freedom, liberation, redemption, forgiveness, and LOVE. It was a year of resting. It was a year of using only what was needed and supplied, and sharing/giving back to the poor. It was a year of returning to family, having children come home, and rejoicing in relationships.
There is a nice explanation of jubilee here and I really enjoyed Joel Osteen's sermon on jubilee. I especially love how he ties in adopting a child in the year of jubilee.
I think of the words of Twila Paris singing Days of Elijah:
Behold He comes riding on the clouds,
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call,
Lift your voice it’s the year of jubilee,
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes.
I lift my own voice. I sound the call. This is my Year of Jubilee.
"Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan. The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows itself or harvest the untended vines. For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields."