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Mark 6:31 KJV
I’m a relative newcomer to the iPhone, but the warning is common
to all of our smart phones/PDAs. It’s the one that says, “Your battery is low!” Sure, it’s
not the one you want to see when you desperately need to make that one call to
your office, your wife or to the 911 dispatcher!
But, it is a necessary warning that periodically reminds you
that you are “running low” or that you are “on reserve power.” It may even
inform you that shutdown is imminent or that unsaved data will be lost if you
don’t do something now. It’s a kindness, actually--direct and clearly stated.
It makes you think and take steps to replenish your energy!
It’s right after and intense time in your work and family life and your planning for the next phase is already overdue.
It’s nearly impossible to take any time away. You just can’t find a way
to turn that would let you take a break from any of the expectations, schedules
and deadlines involved.
It must have been just such a day in Nazareth when Jesus and his
disciples were so busy with the crowds, the ministry reports and the loose
lions that they couldn’t even sit down to eat. Sound familiar?
But Jesus did take that needed break. One that got him far from
the madding crowd. The eyewitness account says they got in a boat and pushed
off! And, when they followed them like middle eastern paparazzi he sent them
away again, and then headed for the hills to pray.
Now, the events of that night were not so conducive to
refreshment (Mark 6:47-51). But the change in scene and the deep lessons they
learned in intimate time with Him were.
And, it can be the same for us. A change of scene, a limiting of
access by people and a shift of focus can make all the difference when our
batteries are low.
Words of Jesus (thus, in red). Simple, direct and clearly
stated. Take the necessary steps. Now! East of the Altar|WORSHIP
Help me--somehow--to slow down enough to get the rest I need.
You know how often I benefit myself and others when I keep on pushing through
the weariness. But, also help me to realize how I benefit all by laying down my
tools and taking time to rest and to sharpen them.
In Jesus’ name,
Ken Litton | Minister of Music/Celebration55+ | Parkway Baptist Church | 12465 Olive Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63141-6408 | 314 434-2310
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