Posted: Tuesday, February 16
Verse of the day:
Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. (Mark 1:35)
I love going on vacation! Even if it's just a mini-vacation or a staycation (ie. When you are on vacation but don't go anywhere in particular), I love to take some time off with Joy and just relax and refresh. However, even when I'm on vacation, my brain sometimes keeps me from completely unplugging. Here are a few things Joy and I do before we go on vacation that help us unplug.
1. We make arrangements for our pets, plants, and mail.
2. We tie loose ends at work (as much as possible).
3. We let someone in our family know how to reach us in case of an emergency.
4. We set up automatic payments for bills that are due while we're on vacation.
5. We clean out our fridge.
We're not the only ones who enjoy unplugging from daily responsibilities. Jesus also enjoyed unplugging from the busyness of ministry.
In our text, Jesus was extremely busy healing and delivering people in Capernaum. He was becoming really famous and people were expecting Him to perform at the highest level. However, Jesus knew the importance of unplugging from the responsibilities of daily life to relax, and refresh.
This is why we find in the gospels that Jesus consistently went to an isolated place to pray. In our verse, we're not told what Jesus prayed; we just know He took some time to pray alone. He took care of Himself in order to take care of others.