From Mark 6:
30The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.
This Sunday, we’re getting into the part of Mark’s Gospel where Jesus’ ministry has grown to a point that both he and the disciples have been working very hard. So hard, they don’t have time to eat. So hard they need some time off to rest and recharge.
Who can’t relate to that?
Summer church attendance is always down from the “school year” because a number of people are away. During the regular year, I tell people that if you want to see the whole membership cycle through church, you gotta come every Sunday for a month. In the Summer, it’s more like “you gotta come all Summer” to see everybody.
Most of us get out of town—relaxing—enjoying family—headed down the shore, out of the country, dropping out of sight. I enjoy seeing the pictures on Facebook. The good news about living here is that we even have a lot of choices when we “staycation”.
After this Sunday, I’m sneaking out for a couple weeks, too. Rest, recharge, get away down the shore for a couple days, read, binge-watch TV, play with my radios, sleep, put more miles on the bike. I’ve got a lot of happy places.
Sometimes, I just sit. Sometimes I just sit, and I don’t even have to be watching the waves roll in to feel close to God—although it’s a happy place for sure, especially at sunrise. Doesn’t everybody see God in the sunrise?
I hope you’re doing something like it.
Whatever it takes.
Get to your happy place.
Sometimes you can just sit, and close your eyes, and be wherever you want to be. Feel the Spirit down to your bones. It knows…
God always knows where you are. Always, in all ways.
Like gravity, the Spirit never takes a day off...
But we need to.
All of us.
Jesus, the disciples, you, and me too!*
Grace and peace,
*the blog returns on August 8.