Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For there were so many comings and goings, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves (Mark 6:31-32).
“Come away and rest awhile” is Jesus’ invitation to each one of us. Summer can offer a bit more time for relaxation and contemplation. Fewer activities, fewer commitments, time away from work, when we can be with the Lord away from the maddening crowd!
But for some of us, the holiday, the resting place maybe in fact ‘staying at home’ - as Jesus doesn’t always literally mean “come away.” We can learn to rest in the Lord without leaving our physical home or it being in a physical place! We can even ‘rest’ in the middle of the crowd! ‘Make your home in me, as I make mine in yours’ (John 15:4)
But If you are lucky enough to be taking a holiday away then set some time aside to sit with God on the beach, in the hills, or in a garden, among the trees and let the beauty of God’s creation fill you with his presence; simply soak up God’s love by taking each day a few minutes of silent reflection, in a spirit of thanksgiving.
In the spirit of a ‘stay-at-home- holiday’ you need go no further than your favourite chair to share a conversation with the Lord, or simply be in tune with all that is around you – letting yourself be surprised at how God can speak to you through all that surrounds you, even through the clutter!
What do you understand by ‘resting in the Lord’? Where do you ‘see’ your resting place?
Reflection by Sister Diane Reynolds (Chair of the Spirituality Commission)