Let’s Take a Break! (Mark 6:31)

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Rest, relaxation, and recreation are essential if we are to function properly in a highly structured, tension-filled world. It’s foolish to think we can do our best work with nerves taut and frayed from being constantly under pressure. When His disciples returned from a strenuous preaching mission, He didn’t hustle them back on the road again. Instead, He invited them to come with Him into a quiet place where they could be refreshed.

 According to tradition, when the apostle John was overseer in Ephesus, his hobby was raising pigeon. It is said that on one occasion an elder passed his house as he returned from hunting. When he saw John playing with one of his birds, he gently chided him for spending his time so frivolously. John looked at the man’s bow and remarked that the string was loose. “Yes,” said the elder, “I always loosen the string of my bow when it’s not in use. If it stayed tight, it would lose its rebounding quality and fail me in the hunt.” “And I,” said John, “am now relaxing the bow of my mind so that I may be better able to shoot the arrows of divine truth.”

 What a needed lesson for the conscientious Christian! Hobbies, vacations, wholesome recreation, and above all a daily quiet time are vital to a well-balanced, godly life. Let’s not dishonor our Lord by keeping the string of our lives so tight through worry and too much activity that we are always on edge. If we can’t seem to relax, Jesus may be inviting us to take a break – with Him. – Dennis J. De Haan

 If our body, soul, and spirit

Are to function at their best,

Time is needed of renewal,

Time for leisure, time for rest. – D. J. De Haan

 If Christians do not come apart and rest awhile, they may just plain come apart! – Havner

  • June 20, 1985, Our Daily Bread