15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray (Luke 5:15-16)
Our busy lives have been drastically curtailed, and yet it seems we are quite adept at creating new forms of ‘busy.’ Jesus could have attended to many more people around him, but He didn’t fall for the temptation of feeling needed at every hour of day and night. Instead, He chose to retreat to the wilderness and pray.
Many years ago now, Donna and I learned this hard lesson that we are not indispensable. We needed to be set free from the tyranny of being constantly available to minister to others. The sheer weight of self-imposed demand was crushing us. What a comfort to know that the Living God Himself felt impressed to take time away from the demands of others to pray. Let’s make sure we commit to these times alone with God, even if it’s measured in few minutes away with Him. Recovery time is good; athletes know that. We too need recovery times with the Lord. We will come back stronger and refreshed and ready to serve those around us.