“Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and told Him everything they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come with Me privately to an isolated place and rest a while.’” — Mark 6:30-31

Being busy seems to be the norm for most of us.   Our calendars have very little white space available, and the pace at which we operate is fast and furious. Even our vacations can be filled with many activities and events.

As I read the Scripture above, I noticed that the apostles were telling Jesus everything that they had done and taught. All good things, I’m sure, but Jesus recognizes our need for rest, even from ministry.

Many of the people I know work very hard. They have 40-hour work weeks, kids, board meetings, hauling kids to and from activities, a couple of church services per week, cleaning (not high on my priority list), laundry, yard work, lunch with a friend, supper with the family, etc. That list doesn’t include any unforeseen events such as a diagnosis of cancer, death of a loved one or something you forgot to put down on the schedule.

I’m so grateful for this Scripture, because Jesus says, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while.” Getting away from the busyness of life is blessed by Jesus himself.

Although we might not be able to get away for long periods of time, getting away is necessary for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. I believe the body of Christ is coming into a time of a great outpouring from God. Many people have been praying for the Twin Ports area for a long time. I have been hearing great things about what God has been doing in answer to those prayers.

With that outpouring will come great opposition from our enemy. I want to be fresh for that battle. We can’t go into a difficult battle tired, frustrated or in the strength of our own power. It must come from God. Getting alone and spending time resting in Him, I believe, will prepare us for what is to come. Even if for short periods of time, I believe it will be time well spent.

Dear Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters today, that You will give them time, set apart with You. Minister to the weariness, strengthen the feeble limbs, encourage the downcast and refresh the faithful. In the time to come, may we be prepared to speak Your truth in love, feed the poor and take care of the widows and orphans. May we never grow weary in well doing.

Be our strength in time of weakness. Give us wisdom for every situation. May each of us feel Your love and protection in new and exciting ways. Keep us strong in times of temptation. Let us do only that which You would have us do.

May we know You more and more each day. May we walk in the power and might of the Holy Spirit, that people will be healed and given hope that can only be found in You. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.