“Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place to get some rest.” Mark 6:31b NIV
Such sweet words of Jesus for a stressful heart. Words dripping with refreshment, enriched with peace, rescuing a busy man or woman from the world wind chaos of survival, even in the commercialized world today. Although it’s good for us each day to have some quiet time with the Lord, it is really good to have time each week to withdraw from the busy life and find solace with the Savior. It is what the Day of Rest (Sabbath) is designed for.
In this season of Advent, a season of anticipation and preparation for the coming Messiah, it is easy to find ourselves distracted, stressed, overworked and just plain exhausted. Trying to be at so many places with so many different people; trying to get the right gifts for family and friends; trying to eat a few less cookies than yesterday . . . ah, the madness.
Yet, as we focus on Jesus, hear His words of love and invitation, we can let go of things that are temporary and reengage with those of eternity. Relationships with people, relationship with God . . . these will last long after the parties are ended, the presents are opened and the cookies are gone.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, lead me into Your presence. Lead me beside still waters. Refresh my soul. As the burdens of life await, restore me with Your gifts of love, patience, wisdom and strength so I can live productively and passionately for You and those You call me to love and serve. Amen.
*The photo is of Maggie at one of her favorite places in Kerrville, TX at the Guadalupe River.