“The apostles gathered around Jesus
and reported to him all they had done and taught.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that
they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them,
‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’
So, they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.”
Mark 6:30-32 (NIV)
“Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus,
tired as he was from the journey,
sat down by the well. It was about noon.”
John 4:6 (NIV)
One quote that seems to have many variations and sources goes as follows: “Come apart and rest or else you will come apart.” Yet, some people seem to have boundless energy and can work much longer hours than most of us. We look at them in action and wonder what it would be like to be so full of energy. At many convenience stores I have seen a product for sale in 5-8 ounce bottles that purports to increase energy. I never tried it as I have no idea whether it does what it is advertised to do or even if it is safe to use.
The Master knows what it is like to be weary and not only rested Himself (John 4:6), but urged His disciples to take time off as we see in Mark 6:30-32. We observe that the retreat was one where they, 1. went by themselves and, 2. to a solitary place.
We need to follow our Lord’s example and create times for relaxation and restoration lest we fall apart. Do you take advantage of the day of rest each week that the Lord built into creation for our good? Do you care for your health by getting needed rest each night? Do you seek to care for your health in other ways? We are stewards of our health as much as we are stewards of our money. Why not start by planning your Sunday next week and do something different like going on a hike, a bicycle ride, start reading a book, having an afternoon nap. Have a complete change of pace from the busy life you lead for one day each week. Sunday can be so special if we see it as a gift from the Lord for our good and our pleasure.
Safely through another week
God has brought us on our way;
let us now a blessing seek,
waiting in his courts today;
day of all the week the best,
emblem of eternal rest.
While we pray for pard’ning grace
through the dear Redeemer’s name,
show thy reconciled face;
take away our sin and shame;
from our earthly cares set free,
may we rest this day in thee.
Here we come thy name to praise;
let us feel thy presence near;
may thy glory meet our eyes
while we in thy house appear;
here afford us, Lord, a taste
of our everlasting feast.
May thy gospel’s joyful sound
conquer sinners, comfort saints;
may the fruits of grace abound,
bring relief for all complaints;
thus may all our Sabbaths prove,
’til we join the church above.
– John Newton