Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rest Awhile

Suggested Reading: Mark 6:30-44

Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.”

Mark 6:31 (The Message)

More than once I have made myself sick with fatigue. Allowing schedules to dictate and perhaps even more, my own self-imposed “obligations”, I have been brought down low. One would think that these bouts would be an awakening for me, but all too frequently I forget and once again gray moons frame my eyes.

No one understands a hectic, demanding, out of control life like Jesus. But, so many of his greatest moments come after he has taken a break. He understands that his effectiveness is greatest when accompanied by periods of rest.

Taking the time to ask ourselves, “What does God want me to do?” can be inconvenient. I know people who feel guilty for taking a nap or cutting out early to go to bed. Their accomplishments are impressive but they always seem to come with a cost. Health becomes tenuous; relationships strained.

Most of us are unprepared for the ultra marathon that is our life. Noisemakers of all varieties prevent us from hearing the Voice, “take a break and get a little rest.” Only in the slowing down, being by ourselves, will we be able to hear how and where we should be going.

Thought for the day: Is my schedule self-imposed or God directed?

Jesus, help me to hear your voice
reminding me to take a break.
My heart, my soul, my body needs
to rest with you.

1 comment:

full of hope said...

OUCH...your thought for the day is very convicting. This very day I am struggling to sit down and listen to the Lord--I have too much that I need to do, I thought until I read your blog. I am in great physical pain today as a result of not slowing down as I should with too may "self-imposed" things.