Jesus was constantly on the go during His short time on earth.
He was teaching, ministering, healing, casting out evil spirits, encouraging, sending out his disciples and generally being available to everyone who approached Him. The activity coming at Him was non-stop!
But even with His busy schedule, Jesus often would seek moments of quiet and solitude. The Holy Scriptures state in Mark 6:30-32 that at one point, in the middle of all the miracles that He and the apostles were performing …
“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.”
At SIU, we are learning, as a missionary family along with our indigenous partners and grassroots leaders all around the world, that wearing oneself out entirely and burning out is a very real risk that we need to be on guard against.
Thankfully, Jesus reveals in Matthew 11:28-30 where true rest is found …
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)
I’m very interested in hearing from you.