In this surreal time we’re going through, I thought someone might like to borrow one of my favorite verses:
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a solitary place and rest a while'” (Mark 6:31).
Spending real time alone with God is something you know need to do, but don’t do often enough. Even if you’re hunkered down right now, you can get so consumed dealing with life in this mini-apocalypse, it starts consuming you.
When you do a get a moment with God, it’s often in reaction to everything overwhelming you, and what spills out of your mouth are complaints and fears that make you feel further away from him and closer to panic.
Jesus didn’t send this virus, and he’s not taking advantage of it to teach you a lesson, or scare you into performing better. He isn’t demanding you pray until you gain his acceptance or approval. Even writing those lies makes me ill.
This isn’t even about praying because you’re supposed to. It’s being with him because you get to. You’re his child, and he’s inviting you to be with him so he can heal, strengthen, equip, and bless you.
This is one of my reset verses. The word “rest” he spoke to his friends means to recover, restore, renew, and collect your strength. Here in this this valley of the shadow of death, he’s offering to renew your mind so you can see and hear everyone and everything as he does, and restore your heart so you can deal with life from inside his grace, peace, joy, wisdom, and love.
Take a little time with Jesus to rest and reset. And let him do most of the talking.