I have just got back from an amazing two and a half week long holiday in New Zealand, and it rejuvenated my soul! I hiked, swam in lakes, played story cubes, laughed with my niece and drank lots of tea. I have found that when I am away on holiday it is a great opportunity to reflect on my life at home. Times of space and reflection are so important, and I realise we need them in our everyday busy lives, not just when we have a chance to go on holiday.
During times of pressure like preparing for exams, school plays, training for sports matches (sometimes all at once) it feels like our time is high in demand. What did Jesus do when His time was highly in demand?
Chat about how busy he was to his disciples? Drink another coffee?
No, he took time alone and away from the crowds to pray.
It was a way of regulating Himself and staying connected to His father. To some people this would seem completely unreasonable because there would always be more people who desperately needed healing. In the Gospels, you often read either side of a miracle Jesus does that He would withdraw from the crowd alone. One example is in Luke 6:12-16:
12While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell facedown and begged Him, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
13Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
14“Do not tell anyone,” Jesus instructed him. “But go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering Moses prescribed for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
This week I encourage you, in the midst of all that life involves for you, to withdraw. Find a space, (even if you aren’t physically alone as I know this is a challenge at boarding school sometimes) where can you check in with yourself and God. I find that the more regularly I check in with myself and God the less I find myself getting anxious and worried.