Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. Mark 6:45-46
Sometimes you have to get away to recharge. Ken and I just returned from vacation in New Mexico. Some of the vacation was busy and filled with relatives, so it wasn’t necessarily quiet. But it was nourishing to be loved by so many, and it was peaceful to be on the vast prairie of my family’s ranch.
When Ken asked what I wanted to do on the last weekend, I said that I would like to be somewhere beautiful where I could be quiet and reflect. So Saturday afternoon Ken and I went to the top of the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque. There, we hiked to a place with an amazing view, and prayed out loud as we took in the majesty of God’s creation. It was just what I needed to process the many things I’ve gone through in the past couple of weeks.
The next morning I arose early, moved a chair to sit outside of our second story hotel room and had a long time with God while I watched the sun rise over the mountains. I wrote down everything I was thankful for. I connected with scriptures. I could feel the tight places in my heart begin to relax.
It’s good to go on vacation and get away. But we need more than that. We need time in quiet places where we can be restored. Jesus made this a priority. I don’t know how he managed to stay up at night and pray when he must have been dog tired after teaching people and taking care of their needs all day. But I guess he knew what he needed rest for his soul more than he needed physical rest. Surely we are the same.