Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. Simon and those with him tracked him down. When they found him, they told him, “Everyone’s looking for you!”
He replied, “Let’s head in the other direction, to the nearby villages, so that I can preach there too. That’s why I’ve come.” He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and throwing out demons. Mark 1:35-39 (CEB)
Jesus was tired.
We think of Jesus in many ways, but it seems odd to consider that he was tired.
It’s right there at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place so that he could be alone in prayer.
Now, I’m filling in some blanks here, but we know that he was up late the night before healing people from a large crowd and doing other Jesus-type things.
He needed to get away. He was busy. You know the feeling; we all need time to ourselves, time to rest and reconnect with the holy. We will do anything in order to get the down time we all so desperately need. So, we understand when Jesus wakes up well before sunrise and goes to a far away place where no one can find him.
Until they do. Jesus’ time alone is interrupted by disciples who proclaim, “everyone is looking for you.”
It often seems like we are no longer living life rather we are merely dealing with what comes at us.
We cannot stop life from coming at us, but we can pay better attention to the life that is given us. Perhaps it’s not lamenting the interruptions to our plans, rather having clarity about which interruptions lead to life.
Join us this weekend at Geist Christian Church Promise Road as we explore why it’s important to find time for interruptions.