“Come with me
to a quiet place
and get some rest.”
Imagine going to your mailbox and finding a personal invitation from your best friend to a relaxing, weekend get-away at an off-the-beaten-path location beside a beautiful pristine lake. Just the thought of that could begin to melt away stress and worries!
Read the words of the divine invitation above from Mark 6:31b, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Envision Jesus speaking this invitation directly to you. Allow these words to penetrate your soul and pause to grasp the full meaning of each phrase.
“Come with me…”
The Son of God is personally inviting you to join Him for a break from the busyness of your life. He loves you, and He wants YOU to be with Him!
The Savior of the World desires to have a personal relationship with YOU. He longs for you to spend time alone with Him. It’s difficult to get to know someone in a crowd. True friendships are formed through one-on-one interaction, and Jesus is asking you to develop a one-on-one connection with Him. He wants you all to Himself, without anyone else around…including your cell phone, computer, iPad or any other type of distraction…totally unplugged and disconnected from the outside world.
“…to a quiet place…”
The Prince of Peace is inviting you to come away from your daily responsibilities and join Him in a quiet place. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to carry on a conversation with someone in a loud and distracting environment. A quiescent place is tranquil and calm and free of disturbances. It’s a place of peace, and the type of place you can focus solely on your interaction with the Messiah. In that quiet place you can talk to the Wonderful Counselor and listen as He to speaks to your soul. You can reverently honor Him and praise His power and majesty. You can sense His presence and know that He is with you. In Psalm 46:10a, God tells us to “Be still and know that I am God.” Jesus’ invitation is encouraging us to come to a quiet place alone with Him so that we can truly know Him.
“…and get some rest.”
God knows the importance of rest. Even the almighty, all-powerful Creator of the Universe, who never sleeps nor slumbers, rested from His work after He created the world and everything in it. Jesus understands that we get tired and weary from all the demands and burdens of life, and He promises that a relationship with Him will provide rest for our souls. (Matthew 11:28 – 29):Dear Child of Mine, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on Religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28 – 29 MSG) Love, Jesus
How will you respond to Jesus’ invitation? He’s patiently waiting for your R.S.V.P. Relax in the unforced rhythm of His grace and mercy, and find rest and peace in this life-changing relationship.