When Danny and I started dating (for the 3rd time)I knew that there was something different about him. He had been so consistent in his pursuit of me that I knew I couldn’t just take our relationship lightly as I had with some of the other guys I had dated in between. And that scared me a little. So in order to avoid being alone with him and having to have any serious conversations I would always invite friends along whenever he asked me to go out. He would come to pick me up and I would have a bunch of people with me and would say something like…”you don’t mind if they come along do you???” He did, but he never said so.
Then one day he invited me to go lunch to a cute little town called Port Jefferson – on his motorcyle.
He was on to me! And he had taken measures to make sure he could get me alone. It was a defining date for us. It was a time when we got away from the masses of people that I always surrounded myself with and it was just us – alone. At last he had my full attention. (I think he also enjoyed the fact that I had to wrap my arms around him and hold on tight as we rode- I know I did!)
I can go days, sometimes weeks, when the craziness of life pulls me away from time alone with God – time when He has my full attention. The passage in Mark 6 describes a time when Jesus and the disciples were surrounded by so many people all the time that they couldn’t even carve out time to eat – I have had days like that haven’t you?
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
We need that time of rest alone with Jesus, when we can talk to him or maybe more importantly just listen. I think sometimes He longs to take us away to a place where we can be alone just like Danny did when he wanted my full attention. (some things never change…Danny still needs to take me away on his motorcyle sometimes!)
I want to encourage you to take Him up on that invitation. Get away from all the distractions – even the good stuff and find some time to just be alone with the one who loves you so much and wants that time with you. You will find rest, even if it’s just some mental rest, and you will feel refreshed and ready to take on all that is waiting for you when you get back.
Wishing you rest today….