A Quiet Place

Stan Mast

READ : Mark 6:30-44

Then, because so many people were coming and going that [Jesus’ disciples] 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.” (v. 31 NIV)

In this part of the story of Jesus and his disciples, we find a simple but important practice that will help us focus on Jesus so we can know him better. A famous psychologist hinted at it when he said, “The three great enemies of spirituality are crowds, noise, and busyness.”

That doctor might have learned this from Jesus, who regularly called his disciples away from it all to a place of solitude and a time of silence. In our earlier reading from Mark 3, we heard what Jesus did. Verse 7 says, “Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake”; verse 13 adds, “Jesus went up on a mountainside” (NIV).

Mark 6:31 is the classic text about the importance of finding a quiet place to be with Jesus. Life was so busy that Jesus actually walked away from the legitimate needs of the crowd. Yes, when they chased him down, he ministered to them with tireless compassion. But between his outpourings of power and grace, he called his disciples “to a quiet place [to] get some rest.”

You don’t have to go far, but you do have to be quiet to know Christ better. You can’t pay attention to Jesus if you are always surrounded by people, engulfed in an ocean of noise, and frantically doing good.

PRAYER

Jesus, help me to be still and know that you are God. Amen.