This is the season of lists for this and lists for that, errands to run here and errands to run there, things to do before and things to do after. If caught in this cycle, we soon find ourselves overwhelmed by this and that, here and there, and things, things, things. The next “thing” we know, we are tapped out and drained from lists, errands, and things.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve had to reassess which “things” are really important and which are not. In doing so, I’ve been reminded of some truths from the life of the ultimate role model.
In Mark 7:24, we find Christ taking a sort of respite. The Amplified version records, “And Jesus arose and went away from there to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He went into a house and did not want anyone to know [that He was there]." Throughout the Gospels, we find Christ taking time to get away from the crowds and demands on Him to be alone to pray, meditate, or rest. He obviously knew the necessity of taking time to replenish oneself
On another occasion, we see Him visiting the home of Martha, sister of Lazarus. Here Christ chided Martha, who being “overly occupied and too busy” and “distracted with much serving” did not take the time to sit quietly and listen to His teaching as her sister Mary. For this, Christ said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things” but "Mary has chosen the good portion." The need for quiet to hear and reflect cannot be overstated.
I realize during this season there are things to do and even times we find ourselves needing to “pour into others,” with encouraging words and deeds; but still we must not neglect taking time to be replenished, refreshed, and renewed. A good lesson on this can be found in Mark 1:28-37.
So at this time of year with its list after list, we should make sure to insert at the top and again at the bottom of each, “take time to take time for refreshing, replenishing, and being renewed.” Based on experience, I assure you it is time well used.
Affirmation: Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit Ecclesiastes 4:6i