'...Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile...' Mark 6:31 NLT
Mark 6:31 is Jesus telling His disciples that He wanted a decent bit of quiet time. Did He get it? Well, no. Not right then. They went off to find that 'quiet place' and got followed by crowds. Instead of a chilled Jesus-and-His-pals time, a small event we've come to call the Feeding of the Five Thousand happened.
But as soon as that miraculous time was finished, the Bible says that Jesus 'went up to the hills by Himself to pray' (Mark 6:46 NLT). Just like the rest of us, Jesus needed time out. He had a busy, busy life but He never allowed Himself to be overwhelmed by His work. When things became too hectic, He took Himself off, usually up a mountain, and spent a while away from everything. Just Him and God.
Now, even though we don't have crowds chasing us around, our lives can get super hectic. And, just like Jesus, our planned quiet time off can be replaced far too easily, either with work or socialising. It's vitally important to step back every now and then, spend quality time with God and some time just doing nothing (yes, that really is ok).
So what now? Pick a day. A whole day. Schedule it in as a day for nothing but rest and relaxation. Plan in something you enjoy. And stick to it. Put it on your calendar now. Maybe even think about making it a regular event.
SoulFood: Zech 9-11; Luke 23:13-25; Ps 34; Pro 24:29-31