Come Away with Me
"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Mark 6:31, NIV
Need a break? You have permission. Jesus said so.
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Let’s look at this verse from a few other versions of the Bible.
“Let’s go to a place where we can be alone to rest for a while.” (God’s Word Translation)
“Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest a while.” (Good News Translation)
“Come ye yourselves apart to a desert place, and rest a little….” (Young’s Literal Translation)
"Come off by yourselves; let's take a break and get a little rest." (The Message)
[As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while….” (AMP)
Every word in this verse is powerful; let's take a look...
Come with me: Jesus wants us to be with Him. He’s safe. He’s comfortable to be with. He draws us to Him. I love the cover song on Jesus Culture’s “Come Away” CD. Here are a few of the lyrics to Come Away/Let Me In, “Come away with Me. Come away with Me. It’s never too late. It’s not too late. It’s not too late for you. I have a plan for you. I have a plan for you. It’s gonna be wild. It’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be fun.” (I encourage you to download this song – it will minister to you!) Can you hear the Lord calling your name today? He says, “Come with Me,” to you.
By yourselves: We need time alone with the Lord. We need to be by ourselves with Him. There is a time to be with other people, to be engaged in corporate worship with the whole church family, but nothing can replace time with the Lord “by yourself.” Jesus wants our undivided attention because He has things He would like to share with us; He doesn’t want our hearts, emotions or minds to be pulled on by anyone or anything.
Being “by yourself" is a great concept, but have you noticed that it takes effort to “get alone” with the Lord? Sometimes, when we are by ourselves, our minds are still going a mile-a-minute thinking about our to-do lists, how we want to redecorate our bedroom, the messages we have not answered on Facebook, the voicemails we need to listen to, the closets we need to clean, the meetings we need to prepare for, the motorcycle that is calling our name…so many things vying for our attention even when we are by ourselves. I have found that sometimes I need to get things off my mind and on to paper, so I am not distracted by all the voices and noise when I spend time with the Lord.
To a quiet place: Do you have a quiet place? Your car? A closet? Under the covers? Where do you go to be quiet with the Lord? Can you sit in a Starbucks, tune out the noise and meet the Lord in the quiet space of your heart? Where can you be alone with the Lord? Where can you go and be undistracted? In a quiet place, we can hear the Lord’s still small voice. We can discern the things He is saying and the ways He is leading.
Get some rest: God cares about our rest. He knows we need to take a break. We need time to be refreshed, refueled. Time to sleep. Time to listen. Time to think. We need time to not be “on.”
The purpose of rest is to refuel – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Some of our most creative, anointed, innovative, energized seasons come out of a time of rest. No one can operate at the speed of life on an empty tank. We must get rest in order to be refreshed. Resting refreshes and re-energizes us, so that we can continue to move forward in His purpose for our lives with His strength. Do you need to get some rest?
I hope you will schedule some “come with me to a quiet place and get some rest” time with the Lord. Set aside a regular time each day, each week or each month for the purpose of resting in and with the Lord. Jesus is calling us today in the same way He called His disciples to a season of rest.
“My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” (Song of Solomon 2:10, KJV)
Say It: “Father, I hear Your voice. Jesus, I hear You drawing me to come with You to a quiet place to get some rest. I ask You to give me the wisdom I need on how, when and where to do this very thing each day, each week, each month and each year, for the rest of my life. Lord, give me ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to receive everything You would say to me in that place of rest. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”