After healing many and casting demons from many, Jesus got up early and headed out alone to find a quiet place to pray. After spending a lot of energy He needed to connect with God to be renewed and refreshed.
We too are called to this practice of Sabbath and rest. We too are called to find times of rest where we lay aside job and other responsibilities to center in on God – to reconnect, to renew, to refresh.
Pretty soon Simon and the rest of the team find Jesus and call Him back to work. They tell Him all of those people need something and He is the only one that can provide what they need. Can’t you almost hear Jesus’ heavy sigh and see the slumping of His shoulders as He rises to return to the people?
We too hear the cell phone ringing or we cannot silence the voices in our own heads calling us back into action. Maybe we are pretty good at convincing ourselves or just maybe the world really needs us that bad – and our rest ends all too soon. We have only claimed a bit of the rest, renewal, and reconnection that we needed. We too sigh and shrug our shoulders as we head back to the world.
Just as the times of rest were essential for Jesus to be most effective in His ministry, so too are times of rest essential for us. Today may we all find some space to slow down, to center in on God, and to enjoy a time of rest with Him.
Scripture reference: Mark 1: 35-39