July 3, 2018
Who would not agree that in this life, it is feels like one big long haul. A marathon that seems to get harder the older we get. There are never ending demands, deadlines and appointments. We feel that we cannot catch our breaths or a break. We rush from one location to another the minute we put one foot on the floor. The majority of the earthly life is summoned up in this tornado-like existence, and there is no let up.
“Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling? Job 7:1
Lately, I have noticed within myself the greater need to let the world take care of itself. In fact, is not that what Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day, has enough trouble of it’s own.” Matthew 6:34.
Yet the reality is that we are in this life, in this body, in this time. It seems that Jesus Himself knew all about being drained, overworked and run down. Listen to the what Jesus said to His disciples.
“And He said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Mark 6:31. KJV.
He knew how to take care of Himself, as well as those that followed Him, in order for them to keep the pace and demands of continual, nonstop ministry.
The verses I appreciate the most are these in Luke 5:15-16,
“But so much the more went there a fame abroad of Him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed of Him of their infirmities. And He withdrew Himself into the wilderness and there prayed.”
There are other verses like this, but this one in particular gave the best imagery. I can picture all the weary people, the sick, the impoverished, the hopeless and the demonized gathered together, haggard, themselves distressed. I can picture Him standing at a distance seeing the multitudes, and turning around to go into the wilderness to get some solitude, space and breathe.
Notice that it does not say that He withdrew Himself into the wilderness and there sat around. It says, “and there prayed.” I wish that prayer to His Father in heaven would have been recorded for all of us to read, and to pray ourselves.
Whatever it was that he prayed to God about, recharged Him with great power to accomplish more of what was demanded of Him.
We do understand from this text, that His source of strength and fortitude was through the vehicle of prayer. We also know that Jesus favorite place was the garden “where he often resorted.”
We read in many places that He was always walking along the Sea of Galilee, which shows that He was refreshed by those waters. I surmise that because I think of the sound, and sight of rich, sapphire color waters, and how much it revives my weary soul. Perhaps that is why He taught there. Other places mention Him going away alone into a mountain.
Jesus knew the need of having a break, and restoration. Think about the locations He chose to revive Himself.
This is a type of rest that is crucial to human survival and performance, which is connected to the spiritual part of us. You see, many people get away and go to many awesome places, and that is good! In fact I believe that that is what God intends for us to do. Seeing His beautiful breathtaking creation fills the soul with refreshment like nothing else can.
However, even vacationing often times has the opposite effect, and many do not find rest from it. Instead they come back more frazzled, their souls as weary as when they first departed.
But what is suggested here, is another dimension added to rest. There is something very worthy of meditation. If you are in desperate need for soul rest, and feel overwhelmed, you do not need to go far. If you cannot get away, then ask the One who can give you that time to do so.
I have often prayed for space and time in impossible situations, desperate for space and rest because I could not afford to go anywhere, and time was not on my side. Yet somehow the Lord Jesus Christ honored it, and arranged it for me.
I find that a little bit goes a long way. Breath out your weariness and exhaustion to Him, and breath in His refreshing breath of life in prayer spent in solitary places meant for you to resort to.
“Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.” Psalm 119:7. KJV.