Daily Inspiration: What Jesus Did with His Downtime 2
March 24, 2020, 4:00 AM

Mark 4:36-39

And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

 

Thought for Today

Jesus didn’t get a lot of downtime in His ministry, so He had to make the most of the moments He was offered. Today’s account is a bit of a humorous story. Jesus orders His disciples to take Him to the other side of the sea so that He can minister to a new group of people. Jesus, taking advantage of the time apart, goes to lay down under the bench and rests His head of the ballast cushion. Suddenly, a furious storm comes upon them and the disciples, led by seasoned sailors, are afraid that the boat will by swamped by the waves breaking over the side of the boat. As they try to bail the water someone realizes that Jesus is missing. Imagine how tired you have to be to sleep through a storm on the sea as the water flows around you on the deck. Jesus was perfectly at peace. He knew He was safe in the Father’s care and continued to sleep until the disciples woke Him. Jesus rises, takes stock of the situation, and commands the wind and waves to stop, and they do! Like the disciples, it is easy to feel like we need to fill this downtime with frantic efforts to accomplish more and more lest our own boats get swamped with all the things flowing around us. However, Jesus took advantage of the time apart from the crowd to get some much needed rest. There has been a great deal written lately about the need for self-care, but if you are like me, you have a hard time applying it. I often feel guilty when I have time to rest, like unproductive time is wasted time. However, Jesus knew that there would be plenty of opportunities to produce more. And we are most productive when we are rested. So, if this time affords you a little more time to rest, don’t feel guilty. Take advantage of it. Catch up on your sleep and do things that refresh you. It is what Jesus did.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to rest, to truly find peace in You that refreshes my mind, body and spirit so that I can accomplish all You call me to do when the time comes. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee. ― Augustine of Hippo

 

Quote of the Day

Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. ― Maya Angelou



Comments

03-25-2020 at 1:52 AM
Kim R.
Beautiful devotion, Pastor!
03-24-2020 at 11:56 AM
Nina B
Such peace - resting totally in God's presence - like breathing a sigh.
03-24-2020 at 6:36 AM
Lori
This is a beautiful reminder that it is ok to rest. Our Savior did. You rest, too, Pastor. It’s ok. Thanks!
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