'...Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile...' Mark 6:31 NLT
In today’s verse, we notice Jesus telling His disciples He wanted a decent bit of quiet time. Did He get it? Well, no. Not right then. They went off to find that ‘quiet place’ and got followed by crowds. Instead of a chilled Jesus–and–His–pals time, a little thing we’ve come to call the ‘Feeding of the Five Thousand’ happened. Not that relaxing at all. As soon as that amazing miracle was done, Jesus ‘went up on a mountainside to pray.’ (Mark 6:46 NIV) Just like the rest of us, Jesus needed time out. He had a busy, busy, busy life but He never allowed Himself to be overwhelmed by His work. When things were too hectic, He took Himself off, normally up a mountain, and spent a while away from everything. Just Him and God. Now, even though we don’t have crowds chasing us around, our lives can feel (nearly) as hectic as that of Jesus. And, just like His, our planned time off can be sniped far too easily, either by work or by that super–active eager friend. It’s so important to step back every now and then, sometimes to just do nothing (yes, that really is ok sometimes), as well as having those times to spend with God. So, pick a day. A whole day. Schedule it in as a day for nothing but rest, relaxation and time with God. Plan to do something you enjoy. And stick to it. Put it on your calendar now. Maybe even think about making that a regular thing… Yes! Actually have a Sabbath?!
SoulFood: Zech 9-11; Luke 23:13-25; Ps 34; Pro 24:29-31
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