Taking a break


             Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.  And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”  For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.  So they departed in the boat by themselves” (Mark 6: 30-32.)


             Jesus had commanded his apostles to go on a short missionary trip.  He sent them out alone to heal the sick, to cast out demons, and preach the gospel throughout Israel.  They returned with good news; under his authority they were able to produce his miracles.  The crowds did not allow them to rest.  The Lord saw that they were wearied from the long hours, and needed to relax.  He called them away from the crowds, and away from the clamor of the ministry for their own bodily and spiritual health.

             Nowhere in the world is work more highly esteemed than in the United States of America.  Many put their careers ahead of their families, their friends, and sadly, even their God.  Seventy hour work weeks at the office are not uncommon.  Currently, because of technology, the problem has gotten worse; people aren’t just working at the office, but everywhere they go.  People work while driving; they work at the gym; they even work while on vacation.  All of this work has caused large numbers of people to neglect their need for rest.

             Jesus Christ recognizes that every human being needs rest.  Many of us walk through life without taking time out to recuperate.  Many of us have pushed ourselves too hard.  We need to remember that like the apostles; we need time to fellowship with God and to allow our minds, bodies, and our spirits to regenerate.  When we are still, God will speak to us.  May we all give God quiet time; time, in peace, when we can focus on, and listen to Him speak to our hearts.

             “Lord Heavenly Father, we desire to rest, and to take time out to fellowship with You; speak to our hearts when we are being overworked, and help us to step away from our work and to rest.  In our moments of rest, we ask that You speak to our hearts, and give us new strength and new energy to continue doing Your work.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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