And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)
— Mark 6:31, NASB95
The words “come away” from the above verse always resonate in my soul when I read them. I suppose because it is so difficult in this world to find the time and the secluded places to rest, to come away, to simply be without getting something on the old to do list done.
I spent all of 2015 reading books on prayer during my devotional reading time in the mornings. That habit has spilled over into 2016. I want so very much to learn at a deep, deep level what it means to pray without ceasing, to always be conscious through prayer of the presence of the amazing God of this universe. And it is obvious, at least to me, that prayer and coming away are connected.
I think this is one of the reasons that the creative Bible journaling practice has called to me from the first moment I heard about it. It is a practice that seeks to draw individuals deeper into the word of God and to find in it that secluded place of rest. A place to be with Jesus.
What helps you to “come away” with Jesus to a secluded place? I hope you’ll share.