The Lord is calling, “Come away with me…”
“And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”Mark 6:31
Doesn’t that sound like our modern world? So much calls for our time and attention. Work, family, church, school, and activities. And then if we add the social media, emails, and all the rest…
It’s no wonder we often feel soul weary, burdened, and joyless! For like Martha, we miss out on the best things for that those that are merely good. (Or sometimes not even truly good.) And like Martha, we fret in a joyless fume!
Do you, like Martha and me, feel you’ve been missing what’s really important?
- Do you feel like you don’t know God’s Word as well as you should?
- Do you feel like you’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg in getting to know him?
- Do you feel dry and parched on the inside?
- That too often you fail to heed his gentle call to get with him in a quiet place?
Christ didn’t send his disciples off alone, but he called them TO HIMSELF. For it is only in his presence and learning from him that we find true rest for our souls. Come away WITH ME he’s saying. Come away and LET ME quiet your soul and spirit. Come away and find rest IN ME.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:29-30
So let’s heed his call.
By spending time with him, like Mary did, learning to love him more. And pouring our hearts out to him, letting his heart speak to ours.
By delving into his Word, learning to know him intimately. Pouring over it and letting it renew our minds and feed our souls.
And then getting up to go like Martha. To our burdened, troubled world that’s full of hurting, confused people. And only those who have true rest can offer it to others.
In this world that is contantly clamoring for our time and attention, let’s push it all to the side. To answer that one, most important call. Delay the instant messages, turn off the push notifications, and ignore the likes, shares, and comments for a while.
The Lord is calling. May we pause to get away with him in our quiet place.
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