Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.      Mark 6:31                                 

Our lives are busy, our world feels chaotic, our homes can be noisy, our pace is frantic. Even our vacations are too often overbooked and lacking solitude. How many of us take quiet time?

These pressures pull us away from God. Jesus knew and tried to prepare the apostles and us also. Yet our society has us so conditioned to never waste a spare moment, that we can’t sit still. The old phrase “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” is not actually in the Bible, it is an interpretation. One that can do more harm than good.

When was the last time you were in a quiet place to just rest? Has your prayer life felt rushed or lacking? When did you last make the time to open yourself to the Spirit completely?  

We are told in Luke that Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. If Jesus needed quiet time, we certainly do also. We make excuses. We tell ourselves we are too busy or too needed to possibly rest. We are wrong. Put it on your calendar if that is the only way to fit it in. But make the time.

Because I am trying to follow this counsel, I am really taking next week off. There will not be a meditation. Times past, I’ve managed to fit one in, convinced that it really wouldn’t take that much time even if I was off. (My excuse to not truly stop and rest). What is yours?

God be with you until we meet again.

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