Devotional: April 14, 202

Relationships, Part II

Many of us are busy – probably too busy. For lots of folks, life is usually go, go, go. And now, amid all of this Coronavirus “stuff,” lots of us are in forced retreat. What are we to make of this season of our lives?

It is good to remember the witness that Jesus lived out daily. Jesus lived a full life, but he was never too busy. He said ‘yes’ to some things, but he definitely said ‘no’ to plenty of other things. He worked; he rested. I like to imagine that he even played soccer with his disciples or the kids in the neighborhood.

Rest is a gift. God has ordered the world in such a way that there are to be six days for work and one for rest. As things change during this situation, and many of us slow down, we once again have an opportunity to enjoy the rest that God provides- if we are intentional about taking advantage of it.


Scripture: Mark 6:30-32 (NLT)

The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.  So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.

Devotional Time
Even Jesus rested. He took time to be with the Heavenly Father and with his friends. Rest is not only for the body, but also for the soul. Rest is time to recharge and reconnect with God and with people we love.

Francis de Sales put it like this, “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”

For some of us our current reality feels like a shift from hurriedness of life to hurriedness of mind. We worry, over-think, and over-consume social media. As a result, our minds race with negative possibilities.

The good news is that God provides rest for his people.


Prayer
God of word and of rest, you neither sleep nor slumber, yet in creation even you took a break to enjoy what you had made. Give us the grace to take periods of rest in which we can delight in your creation, including your best creation of all: people. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.