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.”
Jesus knows the importance of rest. Jesus knows that when you are giving of yourself all day long, constantly being tugged on, pulled on, prodded by— you physically and emotionally become exhausted. What is the remedy to exhaustion? Rest. It’s that simple. When was the last time you got away by yourself to a place of peace and quiet and just rested? You, as a mom, need to get into the habit of forcing yourself to leave the chaos of your family and getting away to find a place of rest.
The reason rest is so important is because you cannot be the best mom you could possibly be if you are running on fumes. If you are an empty vessel, how can you pour out what is empty? You can’t. Listen to Jesus calling you, “Come with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.” When you go, soak in His goodness, soak in His love, soak in the fact that He cares about you and wants you to find your peace in Him.
Don’t be a martyr telling yourself you can do it all and that you can’t take a break. Admit to yourself that you are not Wonder Woman, but just a woman. You are a woman who has limits. You are a woman who does need rest. Take Jesus up on His offer to give you rest. You will be a better version of yourself when you return home.
Father, Thank You that I don’t have to be Wonder Woman, that You accept me for being human and weak. Thank You for looking after me, even before I realized I need to be taken care of. God, give me the courage to get away, even if it’s for only two hours. During my time away I pray that I would allow You to fill me with Your love and Spirit.