Finding Rest

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 7:45 AM

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves

(Mark 6:30-32 NRSV).

As the apostles “gathered around Jesus”  (Mark 6:30), they did not hold anything back when they told him “all that they had done and taught” (Mark 6:30). And Jesus listened. He listened and pondered his apostles’ words. He savored their excitement. He did not rush them as they took turns telling their stories. No. Instead, Jesus listened to all that they had to say.

Let us encourage one another to tell Jesus about the comings and goings of our day. 

Let us encourage one another to make time to listen to how Jesus responds to what we share with him.

When the apostles finished reflecting on the activities of the day, Jesus told them to “Come away to a deserted placed all by [themselves] and rest a while” (Mark 6:31).

Even Jesus understood the importance of going away to a lonely place to find rest for the mind, spirit, and soul. Even God understood that rest was a rhythm of life to be cultivated. Remember, “on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done” (Genesis 2:2). If the God of the universe found time to rest, why can’t we follow his example?

Let’s ask God to help us find rest for our mind, body, spirit, and soul. Let’s ask God to shepherd us to a place where we can get away from the busyness and tasks dominating our days. And let us allow God to cradle us in his love.

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