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)
In the Gospel of Mark, one finds that every time Jesus and His disciples wanted to get some rest, a large crowd always followed. Mark notes, “Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed” and “Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat” (Mark 3:7, 20). Today’s passage presents a similar dilemma as well, but it’s not something that we can’t identify with. You take a day–or even a week–off work and someone would call because they need your help with something. If you’re like most people I know, you’ll take that call. However, it’s God’s will that we learn to rest because it’s only after we’ve had time to recuperate that we can get back and do our best.
Taking time to recuperate helps us and everyone else too.