Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. Mark 6:31
As mothers, how often there is "coming and going" that you don't have a chance to eat or you can't even catch your breath? For me this can be often if I am not planning ahead and putting room into my schedule for rest. The Lord is clear in Mark 6 as he gives direction in what to do in these circumstances, we need to get where it is quiet and we need rest. We have to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. If we are not, in the end we suffer and our family suffers. Lack of rest leads to burnout, chronic fatigue and ultimately sickness. It is vital for our bodies that we get the proper rest and nourishment to move forward in the purpose God has called us. I have learned that I need to take a day or two off from work periodically to allow myself time to recharge, refocus and rest. Now that the kids are all in school, it gives me the day alone in the house and I love it. I also know that if there is time at the end of the day to soak in the bathtub for 20 minutes, I will do it to help me re-organize my thoughts and just relax.
This rest is not only important for our physical bodies, but is critical for our mental and emotional well being. If we do not allow time to turn our minds off for a little while to just reflect and meditate, we can get discouraged, frustrated and can even have a mental breakdown. Jesus knew that his disciples needed to eat and get rest so that they would have the perseverance to answer the call on their lives. Jesus used this principle in his own life as we read in scripture that he would retreat and just spend time with the father. We can learn from his example. In the current time of technology and social media, it is critical that we unplug ourselves and give ourselves a break from all the distractions. Make a point of scheduling a rest or relaxing moment into your day.