Thursday, October 29

Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place…

Scripture: Job 21, Mark 5-6

Mark 6:30–32 The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. 31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. 32 So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.

Observation

Jesus sent the disciples on a preaching/healing tour and they returned exhilarated and exhausted.  Meanwhile, Jesus’ cousin and forerunner, John the Baptist had been brutally murdered, and Jesus must have been grieving, which is a different kind of exhaustion.

So when the disciples returned and reported in, Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”  So many people were coming and going that they didn’t even have time to eat—it was crazy busy.

Jesus knew that He and His men needed a break—some down time, a quiet place away from everyone to rest and be refreshed.  So, they left and went away to get some R&R.

Application

Jesus cares about how you’re doing; He cares about your soul, your physical well-being, your fatigue.  He wants you to be well, rested and refreshed.  Just like He invited His disciples to “Come away with me,” Jesus is inviting you to come away and rest.  Be refreshed.  Refill.  

I’m writing this from Manzanita, on the Oregon Coast.  Laina and I come here to work, but also to rest.  We come home with lots accomplished, but also feeling rested and refreshed.  We punctuate work with times of play—long walks on the beach, golf or pickleball, visits with friends.  It’s a chance to step away from all the comings and goings, all the busyness, and be still.  I read, pray, think, write, plan—and rest.  It’s been a lifesaver.  

Are you weary?  Jesus is giving you permission for some soul-care.  It’s ok to go away to a quiet place and get some rest.  Do it!

Prayer: Lord, I’m so grateful for this place of rest, and I pray for all my weary friends that they can find a place and a time to get away from all the busyness and just rest.