Taking a Break


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It’s Saturday.  You’re tired, want to rest, and wish you could have slept in longer.  I understand that and so does Jesus.  After all, Jesus rested, took naps, and slept like the rest of us:

On that day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”  And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.  A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.  He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”  And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
(Mark 4:35-41 NRS)

The difference is that Jesus woke up and did amazing things, literally.  He woke up and told the wind and the sea to cut it out.  His disciples, having just witnessed this, were in awe.  When was the last time you woke up from resting and did something truly awe-inspiring?  Maybe this is your chance.  Rest today and wake up tomorrow committed to spending the entire day doing something radical nowadays: being in church.  I can hear the outrage spreading across the internet, the comments on the newsfeed on Facebook.  “Who would want to spend all day in a church!?”  If that sounds like something that could come out of your mouth, then take a little leap of faith and just go to worship.  Feeling bolder?  Then stay for Sunday School.  Maybe you share a meal and some fellowship with other Christians.  Maybe you go back for choir practice, or an evening Bible Study.  Whatever you do, the bar has been set pretty high.  So enjoy this day of rest.  You’re going to need it, because God has major plans for tomorrow.


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