Friday, February 24, 2017
Have-To or Get-To?
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."
Ah! At long last, the weekend is here! For many of us who work long hours outside the home during the week, or who juggle kids and schedules, cleaning and cooking, while the spouse brings home the bacon, the weekend looms like an oasis of rest in a desert of busyness.
Even though I'm no longer a nine-to-five breadwinner, I tend to be much more occupied by all the "have-tos" during the week than I am on the weekend. There are trips to the grocery store and various appointments, the gym and endless errands, writing up blogs and reading so many lovely ones delivered to my email each day, and often times, babysitting my granddaughters.
Oh, and then there are those pesky, revolving-door house chores; the ones I make myself do because as much as I detest cleaning, I love a clean house.
Whew! There are simply too many days when the "have-tos" win, and the "get-tos" lose.
So for me, it is crucial to carve out space on Saturday and Sunday to simply chill.
To slow down.
Whether it be curling up with a good book, spending more time in prayer and Bible study, or just relaxing with my husband, Danny, these respites are a balm for my soul.
Even my emails seem to understand my need for a break, as they are few and far between on the weekends; and most of my blogging buddies never, ever post on Saturday or Sunday!
And as I reread Mark 6:31, I am struck by that life-strangling, chaotic stream of hectic demands, which preclude Jesus' disciples from even partaking in a meal. How many of us are guilty of grabbing something "to-go," and stuffing it in our mouths in haste as we run from one meeting or appointment to another? Or, how many times do we skip that necessary nourishment because our crammed schedule leaves no space to accommodate something as basic as eating?
Jesus tells His disciples, just as He is telling you and me, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." I don't think this is a suggestion. It's an order. A loving, caring, restorative order that our Lord gives because He knows what's best for us.
If today you find yourself wrapped up in a whirlwind of activity, will you stop and listen to Jesus' voice? Inviting you to come away with Him? Promising to give you quiet and rest?
Because all our "have-tos" don't matter in the long run.
But that we "get-to" spend time with Jesus, does.
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