Revue: Finding Rest

LynnAbbott_DreamingofPositano_20x20 Oil_with watermark_© 2020“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun,. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him…” ~Psalm 37:5-7a

© 2016 Lynn Abbott

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all that demands your time this week? Jesus understands.

If anyone ever had a massive ‘to-do’ list and limited time, it was Christ.

Enormous crowds demanded Christ’s time.  Human hearts desired comfort, broken bodies needed redemption, and souls longed for God.

With such an incredibly vast ministry to fit into three short years, Christ certainly could have justified working ’round the clock.

Yet, He took time away to sit with His Father.  For example, I read in Mark 6:46 that after feeding the five thousand, Jesus sent his disciples to Bethsaida by boat.

Mark significantly writes, “After leaving them, He went up on a mountainside to pray.”

Even as the tasks increased, Christ did not neglect time with His Father.

It seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? To set aside quiet time during an extremely busy week runs contrary to human reason.

“I don’t have time for that today,” I frequently tell myself.

Yet, in the midst of frenetic activity, human need for God is all the greater.

Jesus, God incarnate, knew this to be true not only for himself but also for us.  Just prior to feeding the five thousand, He invited His disciples to “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest,” (Mark 6:30).

Yes, Abba knows us.  He understands that we fray around the edges if we neglect our time with Him.