Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Finding a Desolate Place (On Purpose)

I'll be honest. Tonight, I'm tired.

A passage that I read in Mark a few days ago struck me, but I didn't know how to really apply it in my own life until feeling weary like this.

In Mark 6, Jesus sends his disciples out in pairs. Verses 12 and 13 say, "So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them." (ESV)

When they came back, Jesus' next assignment surprised me: "And he said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.' For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.' (Verse 31, ESV)

The disciples had been involved in more intense work than I've been up to, yet I think there's still something to be learned from this.
As I felt tired tonight, I pulled up social media and started scrolling. Didn't help me recharge at all.

What is a desolate place in our modern world? As much as I love my computer, I have a feeling that most things I do on it are not the kind of rest Jesus was inviting his disciples to enjoy. And since he called it "desolate" I'm not thinking they were shelling out money for an expensive getaway weekend.

As much as our world encourages it, no one can be "on" all the time. If you're feeling overwhelmed, burdened, or burnt out, find a "desolate place." Turn off the TV and computer and phone. Eat in leisure if you, like me, habitually multitask during meals. Go for a walk alone. Read your Bible, journal, pray.


I think you'll find a great way to recharge is to take time to focus on God and enjoy some of the simple pleasures of the life he's given us.


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