By Andrea Merrell
Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.
Mark 6:31 NIV
“Are you too busy to rest,” someone asked. “Do you feel guilty
when you take time for yourself?”
I used to stay so busy and tightly wound that it was hard for
me to relax—ever. Even on vacation I would continually think of all the things
I should be doing instead. It took me days to unwind. By the time I was
actually operating in chill-mode, it was time to go home and get back to work.
There is power in rest. It’s a spiritual principle. God created the world in six days, then rested. Jesus took time to find a solitary place to rest when He was weary. He even slept in a boat in the middle of a storm. He told His disciples on numerous occasions to “come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
No one, as the cliché goes, can burn the candle at both ends for very long. We can’t work 24/7 and expect to stay happy and healthy. Rest is essential for our well-being.
If you’re weary, give yourself a break. If you’re addicted to activity and technology, unplug and unwind. Spend quality time with the Lord. Just as He said to the disciples, He is saying to you, “come with me … and get some rest.” Why? The Word for You Today says, “because when you don’t come apart, you fall apart.”
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