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Escape the Chaos

March 31, 2017, 12:06 PM

“And He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.’ (For there were many people coming and going and they did not even have time to eat.)” Mark 6:31

So many people have their on/off switch stuck in the “high” position.  We get so busy doing, achieving, accomplishing and conquering, that the concept of rest is almost unheard of.   Ad if we are not racing around for our own selves in this rat race of life, then we add the rushing around taking our children all over creation.  Sports, recitals, birthday parties, etc. often threaten to take over our calendar.  Work that spills over past the office and into the home and few days we have off.  We are so busy that we don’t have time to notice how busy we are.  

Yet rest is important.  Jesus knew the need for rest, and in an environment short on time, (He would soon sacrifice His own life on the cross for you and for me) He instructed his disciples to take time to rest.  

But how do we rest in a society that bombards us with information and entertainment.  It is almost considered mandatory to fill our lives with constant activity.  Cell phones, tablets, video games, movies, an the internet dominate the lives of our children.  So much so that my children complain about “having nothing to do” any time they are in the car for longer than 5 minutes.   

But, it’s not just kids that are impacted by these distractions.  Watch adults while standing in a line at the bank or grocery store and you will see how even grown ups can’t stand to be idle for even a few moments.  Watch and you will see how little personal interaction there is with other people.

It is no wonder that living in a non-stop mentality has sapped our energy and leaves us feeling burned out.  It has so impacted us that even when we do find the time and the energy to attend church, read God’s Word, or pray that we feel like it must be short or we must be entertained while doing it.  

Studies show that our minds were designed to work best in silence.  In quiet we can more effectively think, sort our thoughts, and feel God’s presence.  

To grow spiritually and grow closer to God we need rest, we need to regularly take time to get away from all the distractions and spend time resting in God’s presence.  We need to make the effort and plan to find time so that we can really get to know God in a personal relationship with Him.  

Take time to seek silence.  Escape the chaos and down shift.  It is there, where you can best find the Lord and hear Him the loudest.