Rest – Good News for February 6

6 02 2010

Mark 6:30-34

The Apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”

People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.

When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

The Daily Path: I’ve been away for a few days. No, I’ve not been traveling in the physical sense going from one geographic location to another. But I have been spending a great deal of time traveling within. I’m not solving the problems of the world, but I’m listening… observing what’s going on in my life.

I can hear Stan Doubtsall in the back of the room, “See! Another example of Mr. Cuckoo. Goes off for days at a time to think BIG thoughts of life. Doesn’t even post the Good News as he promised to do!”

Sorry, Stan. I’ll admit that I do get tired some days and fail to meet my obligation to share a passage or two with my fellow travelers. And Stan, you’d be surprised at how small my thoughts are. I’m trying to figure out this transition in my life one little piece at a time. What I’m finding is that it’s not about “figuring” at all. This life in God’s plan is just TOO BIG to figure out. It’s more about flow. Allowing myself to flow in union with God.

There’s a song I’ve heard performed titled: Peace Like A River. I think its music and message are not only therapeutic, they are also metaphoric. It seems the more I try to own this existence by figuring it out, the more weary I become. Kind of like swimming upstream. If I just float down the river, there’s no effort… only a greater sense of peace.

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