So, what did you do this weekend?

He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” Mark 6:31

Rest is becoming a lost art in our modern culture. We’ve exchanged its old-fashioned value for a hectic, fast-paced, breakneck speed of life, which has slowly disintegrated our fervor and passion while simultaneously elevating our blood pressure. Packed within each twenty-four-hour time span is an unsustainable number of tasks we’ve placed upon ourselves, as well as demands we’ve allowed others to deem urgent enough to place upon us as well.

And based on our fatigue and frustration, we’d give anything to offload the burden.

But rest doesn’t seem like a viable option anymore. Have we forever passed up any kind of reality that dares to include rest as part of a typical day? Or week? Or . . . month? (Or . . . year?)

  • When Jesus sent His disciples off on a specific ministry assignment in Mark 6:7–11, He didn’t shield them from the fact that their journey would not be particularly easy. People would refuse to listen to them, much less give them hospitality. Any cause for excitement would be counterbalanced by any number of legitimate reasons for quitting and discouragement. They would be empowered to preach, heal, and spread the news of the kingdom, yes, but would also be exhausted on every front— physically, emotionally, and spiritually. And even after finally coming back home from their tiring journey, people would still be “coming and going,” enough that the disciples “did not even have time to eat” (v. 31).
  • So as their first order of business upon returning, Jesus greeted them with clear instructions: “Come . . . rest a while.”
  • It wasn’t a request. It wasn’t a friendly suggestion. It was Jesus’ command. Here’s what you’re going to do, guys. They’d been through a lot. And much more remained to be done. But for now . . . rest . . . come and rest. At least for a little while.

Do you ever feel guilty for taking time away to regroup and recharge? Are you saddled with a sense of wasted opportunity if every space on your calendar is not filled? Are you afraid your world would stop turning if you disengaged for even a few moments? Are you concerned about losing your competitive advantage if you’re not converting every moment into maximum achievement and efficiency?

Then hear the voice of your Savior welcoming you into a place where grace flows, where the Spirit refuels, and where mercy fixes what’s been strained and stressed by the accumulation of life’s pressures. This is the space where priorities and relationships that have been pushed out of alignment and are in need of repair get patched up and recalibrated.

  • Quiet time is not an excuse for the lazy but a wise investment for the diligent. It is for those who are committed to being active servants and followers of Jesus Christ instead of slaves to the tyranny of urgent busyness and activity. By prioritizing rest for ourselves and those we love, we may just rediscover the joy we thought had been lost forever.

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) Mark 6:31.

Awaken | ‘Come and Rest’ by Priscilla Shirer

Friends, when reading this excerpt today, I must confess “rest” doesn’t happen very often in my life. In our lives. I’m busy. We are busy.

  • Busy with caring and loving my family.
  • Busy homeschooling.
  • Busy with church, Bible studies, and counseling.
  • Busy internally with my thoughts and cares of this world.
  • Busy with writing, reading, and planning.
  • Busy, all good busy, but nevertheless, busy.

Busy with all wonderful good things, that’s great! But leaving “rest awhile” undone is not walking in full obedience to my Saviour.

I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t ‘stop’ until I’m utterly exhausted, overwhelmed, and stressed out…and I look like it too! (hahaha)

Jesus is saying, “Colleen, stop and rest awhile? Come to ME. I want to refresh you. Your soul needs it.”

How about you? Are you guilty too?

  • Have you slated time aside this week to rest awhile?
  • Maybe you can’t this week, but what about this coming weekend? Plan for next week.
  • The point is this –Do it! Allot the time. Schedule it in. If we don’t it will not happen.
  • Allotted time to rest: meaning, to spend uninterrupted, quiet time with God, to rest physically, mentally, emotionally –to detox your soul. To rest as a family, sending time making memories together and serving Christ together.
  • To refresh spiritually: are you planning already to be in God’s house this Sunday to spend time with your Lord in giving Him the worship, praise and obedience He rightfully deserves? If not, why not? He has given us everything.

Yes, I do believe, Lord willing, in the next couple of days I will be spending some time alone in specific prayer asking the Lord to show me how and when I can ‘rest awhile?‘ I want to obey Him first and foremost, but I desire to be a better wife, mother, servant of God, and testimony for Christ…I cannot do these things in myself.

Jesus commanded His disciples to ‘rest awhile’ because He knew their souls needed it, He knew their bodies needed, He knew they needed it mentally as well.

We are no different. God’s words still stand true today.

The question is: will we put our fear, self-will, and pride aside and will we obey God?

  • Will you enter into His rest for awhile this week?
  • He is waiting for us!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}