Mark 1: 32, 35-37: When evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all those who were sick and those who were demon-possessed.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there. Simon and his companions went searching for Him. They found Him and said, “Everyone’s looking for You!”
While still in bed and before I even had my first cup of coffee this morning, I was thinking of all that I had to do today. I was making a random list in my mind and then trying to prioritize my list. Multi-tasking isn’t possible with this list; I’ll just be in a mad rush all day to finish everything before I need to leave for my meeting tonight. Instead of being energized and excited about the day ahead, I am feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. In the book I’d Kill for a Cookie, Susan Mitchell and Catherine Christie write “Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone.” That’s exactly how I feel – an ever increasing list of things to do and the list and I are both undone! Lord, I need Your help. I feel pulled in every direction, and I know that You understand how I feel because You have “been there, done that!” People were always wanting something from you. People wanted You to heal them. People wanted You to teach them. People wanted You to give them answers. The disciples demanded Your presence, and friends demanded Your time. People wanted to see You and be seen by You. Mark 1 tells us that people showed no respect for the time of day when trying to get to You — verse 32 says they came at night and verses 35-37 says they came very early in the morning. You knew the feeling of being pressured. You knew the feeling of being stressed. You knew the needs of the world, and You knew that Your time was limited. But unlike me rushing around with no time to spare, You didn’t rush from one thing to another. You took the time to be kind to the woman at the well (John 4). You took the time to touch the leper (Matthew 8:3, Luke 5:13, Mark 1:41). You took the time to acknowledge the woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48, Mark 5:25). Most significantly, You took the time to pray (Mark 1:35). You had a long to-do list, but You always had time for the things that really mattered –time with God and time for the people He created. A. W. Tozer said that “God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” Lord, as I go about my day today help me to take the time to be kind, to reach out to someone who needs a gentle touch, to acknowledge someone who just needs to be noticed. Lord, I ask You today to quiet my spirit and relax my nerves.