3 Jesus went up a mountain and sat there with his disciples.
I am blessed to live near the Appalachian Mountains. Somehow, when your up here, you really do feel closer to God with the fog in the mornings, the crisp fresh air, the leaves changing colors, the frequent beautiful sunsets. This weekend, some of my relatives are coming here. They’ve rented a place for a mountain getaway. We’ll join them for some hiking and a cup of coffee with a world-class view.
Jesus frequently goes up the mountain either by himself or with his disciples to get away. Often he would spend the time praying. Other times, he used the mountains as a place to teach. Surrounded by the beauty of nature and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, I wonder if folks were more open to being taught. This day the crowds will find him even though he has tried to get away, to have a moment of peace with his friends, their break will be short-lived and he’ll get back to teaching and working miracles. He’s gonna feed a whole bunch of people with five loaves and two fish.
But before he does all of that, I am reminded that he took a break, a rest. He always seems to work from place of rest, instead of simply resting from his work. Envious Most of us live life at a break-neck pace. So…Much…To…Do…And..Not…Enough…Time.
Here’s a wierd little tidbit for you. Since I have started this daily blog, I have actually added to my daily list of things to get done. However, I am getting more done. Did I become a better time mananger? No, I simply start each day, with God and a cup of coffee on the mountain. By adding this my calendar, I now enter each day ready to work from a place of rest, instead of simply trying to wake up and get to it. Graced for the Grind.
If your on the race track of life, running through the rat-maze, it’s time to stop the never-ending merry-go-round madness. If you need to get away, come see me near the mountains.
Are you too busy? Do you need to rest? What would it look like for you to work from a place of rest instead of simply hoping to rest from your work?
Prayer: Lod, you got away to the mountains and rested. Help us to get away today, to find a time of rest in you. Help us learn from your example, to learn to work from a place of rest instead of trying to find rest from our work. Amen