Mark 6:31 “And He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for awhile.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” (This is Jesus talking to His apostles.)
The Lord calls us to come away and to find rest, in that rest we find ourselves refreshed. He wants us to take time to get alone with Him.
Our text tells us that the apostles were too busy to even eat. Life gets that way sometimes. Isn’t that where “fast food” comes in? For many families it is a staple of life because there isn’t time for anything else. Does this seem to be true of your time with the Lord also? Do you often just end up doing a run-by? Just to say “I did it” and check it off your to do list?
I have to admit, I have been guilty of that very thing, until I realized that I was the one missing out. The Lord calls us to come because He has something for us. It is not found in a “grocery list prayer” or a quick read through a few verses. Although prayer and Bible reading are important, by just doing those, it is still often easy to miss out on the most important thing. I am talking about relationship, and the recognition of the Lord’s presence. He wants us to come to be with Him.
When we have a good and true friendship with a person, we really want to be there, we want to get to know each other. We care about that person. These things are all true about the Lord and His feelings for us. What about you, is it true for you as you think about the Lord? I had to consider this myself, and it made me sad to realize that I had been so busy “doing”, that I really missed “being” with Him. I recognized that I wanted more and that the Lord was standing by waiting for me to come. He had been calling me and I hadn’t even heard Him in the chaos of my life.
He knows that we need refreshing in these busy lives of ours, so He calls us away to a quiet place to sit with Him, to be with Him.
Where will you go? If you are one who longs to find time to relax with the Lover of your soul, I have some wonderful suggestions for places to escape to.
Go to a neighborhood park, or even a beach early in the morning, take your thermos of coffee and a mug, bring a blanket to sit on in the grass or sand. Breathe deeply.
Fall into your backyard hammock, look up at the sky, the floating clouds, feel the sunshine warm you.
Sit back and close your eyes in your Adirondack chair on the porch, patio, or deck. Feel the breeze, listen to the branches and leaves swish. Hear the birds sing a melody of praise.
Slip into a deep cushioned chair in a nearby bookstore or find a quiet corner table in a coffee shop.
Wherever you go, when you get to your place of choice, sit quietly, release all that is distracting you, and focus on knowing the Lord’s presence. Share what is on your heart and mind. Rest in being with Him.
This isn’t another thing to add to your to do list and then check off. This is a special time of relationship. A time to look forward to with expectation. You will find that even ten minutes can refresh you. Breathe in the peace and comfort the Lord brings to you. Bask in the warmth of His love. Give thanks for His constant availability.
I recently found much comfort in going away to find quiet. I chose to take a walk, mostly to relieve stress, because I was worried about an upcoming surgery. I just started rambling to the Lord about all of my fears. The words of anxiety tumbled out of my lips, they had been piling up inside for a while. I told the Lord I needed help to deal with it all. I repeated the words to a Jeremy Camp song about “The Same Power”. I had changed some of the words to fit my situation. I changed it from being “the same power that can calm the raging sea” to “the same power that can calm the raging anxiety in me”. As I repeated these words, different words entered my heart, like a command, “Peace, Be srill!” The same words the Lord used to calm the raging sea then immediately held me tight in peace. The Lord met me in my neediness and refreshed me.
I have a tendency to fret rather than bring my worries or problems to the Lord. This time with Him, once again, proved to me the wonder of His presence and His knowledge of my need.
He is waiting for us to come away, and be with Him. Won’t you go today?
Connection: Please share what your favorite place to go away to be with Him is. Maybe it is a place I listed, or maybe it is somewhere else. What makes it so special?