Rest! It’s Okay!

Jesus went into the district of Tyre.
He entered a house and wanted no one to know
about it, but he could not escape notice.

Mark 7:24

I’d been running errands all morning and I was grateful for the long line ahead of me. Oddly enough, I truly appreciated the opportunity to lean on my grocery cart and to stand still for a few minutes. While enjoying this bit of peace, a person ahead of me in line remarked that he would be wealthy if he had a dollar for every minute he spent waiting. As this man hurried out of the store, I chuckled to myself. I had found wealth in these seemingly wasted moments.

It seems to me that all of us are too busy far too often. This is nothing new, as Jesus experienced the same. Though Jesus longed for a bit of peace, there was always someone who needed him more than he needed his rest. This is the reason Jesus rose very early and stole away for quiet time as often as possible. Jesus made it his business to care for others, and, once in a while, to care for himself.

The moral of the story is this: It is perfectly fine and truly necessary to acknowledge our fatigue because we find the energy and the will to care for others in our own rested spirits. The moral of the story is: Rest when you need to!

Dear God, I’m grateful that others occasionally need me. Help me to remember that I occasionally need me as well.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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Traveling Light

“He instructed them to
take nothing on the journey
but a walking stick…”

Mark 6:8

Packing for this year’s trek to Israel was much less complicated than last year’s effort. This time, I weeded out all of those extra “what if” items which I never used. This time, I brought along only what I needed. In the end, my resolve to simplify paid off. I had less to carry and less to worry about. This freed me to concentrate on the people I met and places I had traveled to explore.

Perhaps this is what Jesus was getting at when he sent out his disciples with no luggage. Perhaps he didn’t want them to waste a moment of their time or a bit of their energy on the unimportant. Jesus hoped they would make the most of their travels among us at every opportunity.

It occurs to me that God invites us to travel lightly all of the time, not only when we’re embarking upon a vacation or an adventure of some sort. When we amble into the moment at hand with our hands free and our hearts free, we free ourselves to embrace the treasures which await us.

Generous God, thank you for this amazing world and the awesome people who fill it. Be with us as we explore the gifts we encounter every day along the way.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Embrace The Journey

“He instructed them to
take nothing on the journey
but a walking stick…”

Mark 6:8

Though I’ve shared this often in the past, I am repeating that my husband loves to travel. As soon as the last of our Christmas decorations were stowed away, Mike turned his attention to the travel sections of the newspaper and to the travel channel on television. Though I longed to take a breather after the busyness of Christmas, he made his way full speed ahead through travel websites and folders. In spite of the fact that we have an out-of-town wedding to attend and a trip scheduled a few months down the road, the poor man is aching to plan further.

I think I finally get it. A few days ago, when a Medicare notice arrived, I was taken aback by the swift passage of time. Our eldest granddaughter is eight years old and our newborn grandson somehow morphed into a five-month-old. Perhaps Mike has adopted the sense of urgency I so often write about. I’m convinced that we need to make the most of the moment at hand. Apparently, so is my husband.

Perhaps this is what Jesus was getting at when he sent out his disciples with no luggage. Perhaps he didn’t want them to waste a moment in making the most of their travels among us. Perhaps this is a nudge for me to do the same.

Generous God, thank you for this amazing world and the awesome people who fill it. Be with us as we explore them further.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved