April 29, 2012

Taking a Break

Mark 6:30-32

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
—Mark 6:31


Most children are quick to let you know that their favorite subject at school is recess. And adults may find that the daily grind of going to work or preparing meals, or both, can be tiring.

We all need a break from time to time.

Jesus had sent his disciples out on their first mission trip (Mark 6:7-13). No doubt they were tired when they returned, yet excited to share with him what had happened.

But there was no time. More needy people kept coming.

Jesus had a solution: “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Following Jesus is not an easy task. It calls us to self sacrifice, humility, and even suffering. There will be times for us to “leave it all behind” as we serve God, but there are also times when we need to step back and take time alone with Jesus.

A group retreat or a day of solitude can be a great time to hear him say, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

God graciously gives us a weekly reminder on the traditional Christian day of worship, Sunday, to come with him for some rest.

Make it a great day as you begin this new week.

Gracious God, thank you for understanding how needy we are and for providing a day of rest for us. May we find a way to quiet ourselves in your presence today as we prepare to follow you this week. Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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