Rest a While

I’m continuing my lectio divina reading of the gospel of Mark, and in the first half of chapter six, here’s the phrase that jumped out at me — rest a while.  The entire verse is :

“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” Mark 6:31a

Jesus is speaking to his disciples (and to me).  Previously He had sent them out on a journey, two by two, in order to call people to repentance.  When they came back, they told Him all about what they had done and taught.  They were no doubt excited, but tired. In addition, John the Baptist had been beheaded not long before this. He was known to some of them, including Jesus, and they were probably still grieving and upset.  Jesus is letting them know that these are circumstances that require rest– and that’s okay.  In fact, it’s necessary.

I don’t know about anybody else, but I tend to forget this.  It’s hard for me to rest.  I grew up with folks who had a strong work ethic, and “relaxing” just seemed to be an synonym for “being lazy.”  I try to keep going even when I’m tired, even when I’m sad, even when I know I’m not performing at top form because I’ve convinced myself that people need and expect me to behave this way.  Maybe I even think that God needs me to behave this way.

Yet here, Jesus, who is God incarnate, tells me to get some rest.  He doesn’t need me to do more things;  He wants me to do one thing well –obeying the call He has for me.  I won’t be able to do that if I’m tired, distracted and overwhelmed.

So, make time for being as well as doing.  Make time for praying and listening.  Make time for rest.

For more on the book of Mark see these posts:

Pay Attention to What You Hear

We Never Saw Anything Like This!

Why Are You So Afraid?

 

 

This entry was posted in Study and tagged , , , by jculler1972. Bookmark the permalink.

About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

5 thoughts on “Rest a While

  1. Pingback: And He Said This Plainly | Lutheran Ladies Connection

  2. Pingback: Be At Peace With One Another | Lutheran Ladies Connection

  3. Pingback: The Lord Has Need of It | Lutheran Ladies Connection

  4. Pingback: Stay Awake! | Lutheran Ladies Connection

  5. Pingback: A Beautiful Thing | Lutheran Ladies Connection

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.