Life gets busy sometimes and can be overwhelming with demands. There comes the need to scale back, re-evaluate, prioritize, and sometimes take a break or stop doing things completely. Well, I have been away from my blogs attending to the tasks that required me the most, rescheduled or pushed other things out a bit more, took an actual vacation, and then finished my transition to being at home full-time. It is so easy to get caught up in the whirlpool of life...just spinning around in circles sometimes. I've come to learn that it is okay to set boundaries, limit your activities, and not fear the expectations (real or perceived) of others.
I was looking at some examples from Jesus. The time he spent doing anything was intentional...that is to say, he lived on purpose with purpose. Day after day he was surrounded by people and accomplishing all kinds of activity, but then he took time away from the crowd. He also encouraged his disciples to do likewise. Take a look at Mark chapter 6.
"Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, 'Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while'. For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat." -- Mark 6: 30 - 31
"Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land". -- Mark 6:45-47
I keep saying this to burn it into my own memory for times when I get too busy..."You can't draw water from an empty well". No, I don't think Jesus was running on empty, but in every move he sets an example for those of us that would be drained. Get away from the crowd, stop for a moment, seek God and listen. In those away from the crowd moments, you get strengthened to move forward, wisdom, direction, comfort, and peace. I get clarity about what I really need to do and what I don't. Away from the crowd I learn what is the more valued thing so that when I am in the crowd, I can keep the right perspective.
For Easter, I thought I would also share the work of artist Ron DiCianni, The Resurrection Mural . It is simply beautiful.
Enjoy your Easter activities this weekend.
Allow yourself some time away from the crowd for reflection and prayer.
May you always remember God's great love for you.