Come Apart & Rest Awhile
Rest, Re-focus, Re-connect
, by Emmanuel Higgins
Did you know, the human body was never designed to work non-stop? Yes, that's right. God wants us to put aside time to rest. We're not talking about our regular sleep here (although that's important too!), but rather a time to step back from the cares of this life, and be refreshed.
One of Satan's traps is to push us to the very limits of our physical, mental and emotional endurance, until either our health breaks or we lose our connection with Jesus, or both!
Let's take a moment to consider our loving Saviour, who himself experienced what we experience. His days of ministry were packed with needy people craving for his healing touch, and kind words. The emotional and physical strain on Jesus must have been very great! Not to mention the men who were doing their utmost to destroy and hinder His work.
Yes, Jesus knows the weaknesses of our poor human frame. He doesn't urge upon us the necessity of ceaseless toil. Listen to what Jesus said to His disciples, during a particularly busy time of ministry labour.
"And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while..." - Mark 6:31
Come apart and rest a while!
There is danger if we do not heed these words. Yes, time is short, and we must work with every muscle and fibre of our being to save others and hasten Christ's soon return, but not at the expense of our health and our connection with Jesus.
We should come aside from the cares and burdens of life, seeking time for rest and communion with God. Not for selfish gratification, but so that we can be refreshed and better prepared for future labour.
So dear reader, remember.
Come apart, and rest a while.