Someone pointed out that we are human beings, not human doers. We tend to be over-worked and under-rested. Without adequate relaxation and rejuvenation, we lack the strength and energy to fulfill all of the mighty plans God has for our lives.
Jesus was unapologetic about his need for rest and solitude. He saw no shame in retreating when he and his disciples needed a break. Don’t apologize for being human? Take breaks!
Mark 6:30-34 describes the return of the disciples from their first ministry tour. Exhilarated and exhausted, they have stories to tell Jesus — thrilling stories of healings, exorcisms, and effective evangelistic campaigns. Stories they need to process privately with their teacher.
Jesus senses that the disciples need a break. They’re tired, overstimulated, underfed, and in significant need of solitude. Jesus gently declares: “Come with me to a quiet place and get some rest.”
There are times we need a nudge to rest. The beloved 23rd Psalm says that God “makes me lie down in green pastures.” “He leads me beside quiet waters.”