"Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you." (Exodus 31:13)
Being a parent has a lot of ups and downs. It is always rewarding; but sometimes those rewards come at a pretty high price. Often, it is difficult to really, fully enjoy the good times when we've struggled so hard through one issue or another. What is more, it is very difficult to truly share a beautiful moment with one child, while at the same time watching another struggle and suffer. It's not that I can't handle it. It just isn't any fun.
Like most of the commands of the Bible, whether we choose to obey them or not, we look at the Sabbath from a singularly human perspective: the Sabbath is a gift (to us) from God, or, the Sabbath is a restraint (for us) for our distinction. But, both of these ideas really center upon us, as the Sabbath is simply our obedience. God makes very clear, at least half a dozen times in the Bible, these special days of rest belong to Him.
Maybe it isn't just that God wants us to rest, to stop working, to enjoy some quiet moments of worship. Maybe the Sabbath Day is just as much about Him. Haven't you ever confined your kids to the couch or to their room, just so that you could have a few moments of peace? It's not as though you might not make it through the day (though sometimes you might wonder). It's just that, so much of your relationship with that child has been negative. You've had to clean up mess after mess and you're starting (just a little bit) to resent the kid. You think, maybe, there are days that God might feel just the same way about us? So, while there is no doubt that the Sabbath Day is for our good. Could it be possible that He has given us the Sabbath Day for His pleasure and benefit as much as for ours?