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You Deserve a Break Today

He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.   (Mark 6:31-32)

Jesus’ disciples had just returned from their missionary journeys, tired yet excited and eager to share their stories with the Master. But the crowds that followed Him everywhere were pressing in on them from every side. So, Jesus simply said, “Come away.”

“So, they went off in the boat by themselves.” What a wonderful picture that phrase paints for us…a boat, on a lake, with our closest friends and with Jesus. There are days when a little down time would make a huge difference in our attitude, would calm our nerves and settle our stomachs. St. Thomas Aquinas offered a simple formula for relaxing. He recommended, “a good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine.” That might do the trick on any ordinary day, but there are times when we really need to take a boat ride with Jesus.

Henri Nouwen, in his book Making All Things New, describes solitude as a basic necessity for Christian living, “Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. Solitude begins with a time and place for God, and him alone.” Moses knew how important it is to set aside a time and place for God. As the Israelites made their way through the wilderness, “Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp; and he called it the tent of meeting. And every one who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting… When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the door of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses…. The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (Ex 33:7,9,11a).

For us, that time and place is often difficult to find and hard to maintain. We don’t have a column of cloud to block out the noisy demands of our everyday lives. It becomes a matter of discipline. Set a time and pick a place. Mark it on your calendar and keep that appointment, no matter what! You deserve a break today, and Jesus is calling you to come away. Why not let the Lord speak to you “as a person speaks to a friend”? Accept His invitation.       Hop into the boat!

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“You could hear Him calling you, ‘Come away.'”

1 thought on “You Deserve a Break Today

  1. Love this. Bon Voyage!🙏❤️

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