Scripture: John 6:15-27
Key verse: (15) When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
Reflection: Two weeks into a new year and we are already talking about self-care. Articles are everywhere offering practical habits to deal with the stress of everyday life. There are new products to help us deal with our highly stressed, overly tired and very busy lives. No diversion is going to transform our lives. All the bath products in the world do not have the capacity to lift us out of the deepest darkness that often overcomes us. The silence is a start.
Jesus withdrew to the mountain by himself. Did he take a walk? Read? Just sit in silence? We don’t know. My bet is that he did nothing. Yes, nothing. Nothing productive, just some silence.
We could use a bit more silence in our lives. Silence where we can admit our need for God. Admit our need for the healing, restoring and transforming grace of a God who loves us completely. Jesus withdrew because there was a lot going on and that is what we do too. I want us to have the resources to take care of ourselves in those moments but I also want us to take care of ourselves every day. When we are not stressed or tired we need to withdraw and find some solitude. We need to take a walk in the park and be mindful of God and God’s unconditional love for us. Find some time today to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. God will be there with you.
Prayer: God in the silence of our lives, find us. In the loud, crazy chaos, find us. Remind us of your love that surrounds us to bring healing, grace and transformation. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].