Jesus provided rest for His disciples ... so I want to provide rest for my family.


I have always held a secret affection for hammocks.
No matter where they are - sandy beach, forest, backyard - they beckon each passerby to "lie down and rest awhile."
Just looking at a hammock evokes feelings of rest and relaxation.

We have never invested in one personally because our boys continually mistook them for slingshots. The older I get, however, the more I dream of having a hammock of my own to swing in while reading an excellent book or enjoying a delightful breeze.

After looking at dozens of choices during my research, I began to think about the biblical model of 'rest.'
Jesus' life was patterned by a rhythm of work --> rest --> work --> rest.
He needed rest - He made time to get it - and it refreshed Him.
We should do as He did!

I looked up verses with the word 'rest' and found an interesting passage in Mark 6.
Jesus sends his apostles out to proclaim the Gospel.
They preached, cast out demons, healed the sick ... they worked.
While they were gone, John the Baptist was be-headed.
The apostles return to tell Jesus all they had done, and He said, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”  The passage continues, "For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves."

Once again, we see Jesus modeling REST.
The apostles were tired. Physically, emotionally,and spiritually.
Evangelism is hard work. Rejection is constant. Ridicule not uncommon.
As they healed the sick and cast out demons, the crowds grew and the demands on their time became greater with each passing day.
A brother was brutally murdered. The very brother who had prepared the way for their Lord!
They were exhausted. Scripture says they did not even have opportunity to eat in peace, so they climbed into a boat and rowed to a "desolate place" to be ALONE.

This story proves that Jesus means what He says when He calls to us, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."
When His disciples were weary, He provided quiet for them.
When we are weary, He does the same.

Jesus said, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”

I think it is time for me to offer the same refreshment to my family.

A backyard.
A hammock.
A pillow.
And time.
Time to think, pray, read, sleep ... whatever they need.

A daily retreat to find relaxation and refreshment.
We all need it.
Yet we often don't know where to find it.
So - it is time for me to provide it!

Thank You, Lord, for showing me this today.
May I faithfully follow through so my husband and children may be blessed with the gift of Your rest.

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