“And He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” (Mark 6:31)
During the next 24 hours, your heart will beat 103,000 times, your blood will travel about 168,000,000 miles, you will breathe 23,000 times, inhale 480 cubic feet of air, eat 3.5 pounds of food, speak 4,800 words (more for women/less for men), move 750 muscles, and exercise 7,000,000 brain cells. Whew! No wonder we feel so tired! We are constantly going, even if we think we've not gone anywhere. We are the only nation with a mountain called Rushmore (go ahead and smile). Our tombstones might read: “Hurried/Worried/Buried.” We have all kinds of technology to make our lives easier, but how’s that working out for you?
Last week Pat and I went on vacation for an entire week. Even though I’m glad to be home, I liked the time off, thank you. I think it’s a great idea to unplug everything from time to time. If we can reboot our computers and phones, why not our calendars? That is the principle God gave us with the Sabbath. It is not a legalistic day we have to observe, but it is a good time to simply focus on the Lord. I do believe God will honor the Sabbath in our lives if we will honor it.
Even Jesus took time off. In Mark 6 we read, “Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” (Mark 6:30-31)
A good commentary on this passage is, "If we don’t come aside with Him, we'll come apart without Him." Let’s focus on the things of God.