Updated: Feb 7
"The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.”
Mark 6:30-44 ESV
I can’t tell you how many times I have read this passage in the last week. My focus was on the words of Jesus in verses 31 & 32 (after the disciples returned from doing their kingdom work):
“And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.”
Mark 6:31-32 ESV
Jesus sent them away from the crowd to rest and He WENT with them.
What happened in the boat among the team? Let your mind ponder.
Was it a time of sharing on a deep level? Can you hear them laughing; were they silent? Can you see them sleeping or enjoying the sounds of nature? Use your imagination. How might the disciples have rested (together)?
What part of the boat ride would have been refreshing for you?
What does resting in community look like?
What happened after the team obeyed Jesus’s command to rest?
Does rest prepare us for miraculous works?
The purpose of this devotion is to explore the power and purpose of resting in community. Learning to be in a rhythm that infuses our work and our rest with vision, energy, and joy can be an exhilarating expedition!