Rest - Bec Gavin

2nd October 2020

‘Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.’

Mark 1:35 (NIV)

‘The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.’

Mark 6:30-32 (NIV)

What does a busy day look like for you?  For me a few weeks ago, I had a really busy day at work and what I thought was already busy, became filled with extra jobs that I didn’t expect.  I literally didn’t get time to eat, so I was not only cranky from being so busy, but I was hungry too.  Bad combination!  I found myself exhausted and negative about everything.  At certain points, I just had to take a deep breath and keep moving.  Busy days happen.  There are lots of parts of life that demand our time, emotions, and mental capacity, and it is easy to become tossed around by commitments and responsibilities.  So, how do you stay rested and centred?  The world offers many positive self-care activities that are both very important and helpful, such as colouring in books, breathing exercises, working out, apps and games… the list is endless.  I personally have enjoyed colouring in, which really helped me focus on one thing and to unwind.  Jesus and his apostles were constantly in high demand.  There are many times in the Gospels where they were surrounded by people (very needy people), and I can imagine this would have been utterly exhausting.  Not just physically, emotionally and mentally, but spiritually too.  Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to escape the crowd and to connect with the Father.  This challenges me deeply.  If Jesus is God and one with the Father, yet still needed to withdraw away from the demands of life to pray, then how much more should I!  After Jesus sent out His disciples on a ministry trip, they returned hungry and weary from all of their activity.  He offered a familiar solution for their exhaustion.  One they had seen Him model, but were now being invited to experience for themselves: “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” If you are feeling tired and weary, find a space where you can be alone with God this week.  In Him there is refreshment for our weary souls. 

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