One of the things we notice about Jesus is that he often took time to get away from the hectic demands of life so that he could be alone to pray. Mark 1:35 says, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Jesus knows the importance of taking a retreat, or a sabbatical, and he models that lifestyle for us.
Jesus never seemed to be in a hurry, yet he accomplished much ministry in his relatively short time on earth.
We would do well to follow the example of Jesus and take some occasional time away from the seemingly never-ending duties that lie before us. We ought to strive to keep in rhythm with the lifestyle that balances work and relaxation. We all need times of refreshing. If we ignore this principle, we sometimes pay a high price.
Having said this, I will be taking a couple of weeks off from writing this blog. In the past 3-and-a-half years, I have posted nearly 1,000 messages. I have rarely taken more than a couple of days off from writing. In order to try to stay fresh and excited about this blog, I feel that I need some time away.
I hope to reconnect with you later this month. In the meantime, may God bless you richly as you continue to follow Jesus!