First rest

Notice the events in Mark 6:
Jesus sends the disciples out
and they preach and heal.
They return to a maelstrom of busyness:
no time even to eat.
Jesus says “Come away and rest.”
But a crowd follows them.
So Jesus teaches the crowd.

Has he just contradicted his own invitation to rest?
No: he’s rested.
While the disciples were out there healing
what do you think Jesus was doing?
Nothing. Resting.
So when the crowd hits, he’s rested and ready.

Give your life to Jesus,
follow him through all difficulty.
Heal, proclaim grace, work for justice.
But first rest. Yes, rest first.
It’s Jesus’ spiritual direction.
Find solitude where you aren’t doing—just being.
Then get to work.
Out of that miracles will flow.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

July 13, 2021

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