How to know it’s time to head to the lake…
Even Jesus, who is fully God, experienced times when his fully human body needed rest.
Jesus knew the importance of drawing near to the Father, and seeking time where he could withdraw from the work of ministry and spend some time alone, or with his closest friends. In Mark 3 Jesus demonstrates to the religious nit-pickers that he is Lord over the Sabbath by doing God’s work on these holy days.
In an interesting twist, Jesus often sought Sabbath rest outside the limits of the established 7th day. We see in Mark 3 where Jesus has a desire to do something that so many of us who live in beautiful West Michigan also have… The desire to go to the lake.
Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.
A few verses later we will see Jesus take his closest friends and head to the hills for a much needed time of rest. Even Jesus, fully God was subject to the limits of his full humanity. His human body and mind needed rest and refreshing from those he felt closest to.
There are times when we, as Christians, think that we push it just a little farther, that there is too much to do, or too many things to think about to take a rest. Sometimes we are afraid that if we stop being busy we will have to confront the uncomfortable thoughts, and worries in our minds rather than take them to the father and find peace.
This week as we prepare our hearts for worship, take a few minutes and maybe even head down to the lake. Stop the busyness and draw close to a Father and Lord who desires fellowship with us. Don’t be afraid to confront the things that pop up in the silence but take them to the Father and deal with them and find peace.
Who knows, maybe we’ll see each other there.
Worship Song List For June 10th
- The Lion And The Lamb
- O Praise The Name
- Boldly I Approach
- Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest)
- Blessed Be Your Name