It's vital to carve out a bit of time every day to replenish our reserves.
The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat (Mark 6:30-31, NLT).
Women often feel like we spend a lot of time pouring ourselves out, juggling a variety of responsibilities. Yesterday I got up early and wrote for a couple of hours. Then I worked at my part-time job for seven hours, came home and created something out of the nothing that was in the pantry for dinner, and then quizzed my daughter on “key terms” for an hour and a half to prep for a history test. By the time I fell into bed at about 10:00 p.m., my neck hurt. Today was much the same.
It’s important, in the midst of days like these, to find a way to replenish our reserves. Use whatever analogy works for you: put on your own oxygen mask first, prime the pump, fill your cup, whatever. Jesus calls us not only to serve but also to rest. We must stop and let God fill us with His love and power, so that we can pour it into our families, our work, our ministry.
Jesus invites us to come away, even while there are still many items on our to-do list. He invites us to come to a quiet place and rest. What would that look like in your life? You may think you can’t afford to take some time for quiet reflection and prayer before starting a busy day, or to spend a bit of time with a friend for coffee and conversation, or to take a nap. But maybe you can’t afford not to.
FAITH STEP: Imagine Jesus is saying to you: “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” How will you respond?
Written by Keri Wyatt Kent