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.” -Mark 6:31 (NIV)
Our typical days are so hectic, often because of falling for what the world tells us we need to fit in our days. There’s the crazy commute, all the work at work that never seems to stop, our chores and obligations at home, and so on. Then there are the other little things that demand our attention, like fitness trackers, smartphones, and social media channels. It never ends.
There never is enough time for all those things, even if we had 72 hours in a day. Why? Because it’s a trick. Those demands never end, and cannot be fit into a time slot, as much as we wish they could. And when a wrench gets thrown into our already packed routine, everything falls apart.
In the years before the smartphone era, I was irritated that every time I was trying to get something done, someone would call me on my mobile phone. One day, it clicked in my head that the phone calls weren’t some sort of cosmic curse to try my patience and disrupt my concentration and productivity.
The truth was that I was always busy, so any phone call at any time would interrupt me. That lead to the revelation that I was too busy, and mostly with priorities that ultimately didn’t matter.
That was back many years before I was saved, and still God spoke through my confused and empty life. And now, today, I still fall back into the trap of doing too much, but more quickly snap back, so I can take a break and listen to the still, small voice within.
When Jesus was here on earth, even He took breaks from saving the world. Shouldn’t we do the same?