Rest (Mini Devo)
When the disciples had returned from teaching, healing and delivering the people, exhausted, Jesus tells them, “Come with Me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mk 6:31, NIV) They get in a boat and go to a solitary place. Notice Jesus was very specific. He didn’t say ‘Go away – take some time off – I’ll see you on the other side.’ He wasn’t offering options. He said, “Come with Me ….” The narrative doesn’t say it, but can you imagine the boat ride, they, being exhausted: no joking, no retelling of events and no telling Peter to sit down. Just quiet and the lapping of the water on the boat – and Jesus. Presence. Quiet on the way to and in the solitary place. What God-math: Jesus + quiet = rest.
Perhaps YOU are exhausted, exhausted from the stuff, worn out from routine, serving and loving. Rest. Follow this example: “Come with Me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.” By the way, we can’t stop there – that solitary place? SOON thousands of folks show up, Jesus teaches them and hands the broken bread & fish to the disciples to feed them – getting ready (for the next thing) means getting rest!
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)
* Photo credit: Horacio Cardozo