The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:30-34, NRSV)
Jesus called the disciples to come with Him, to a place where no one was, so they could rest. So they could connect with God.
They had done many things, and Jesus wanted them to gather to rest and reflect.
So they entered the boat, but many saw them and beat them around the lake.
So the plan for rest was not going to happen.
So at that point what do we do?
Do we tell the people to go away, because we were trying to rest?
Or do we help them and tell them the story of love and grace our savior gave us?
Not to say that rest is not important, but if we follow Jesus’ example, we tend to the needs of those gathered, and show them grace and love.
Rest will come, and sometimes we have to seek it early or later than we thought. And rest is important, because Jesus sought His quite time with God.
But rest will come, and the people need to see the love of God.
God will provide your needs, allow Him to use you!