Mark 6:31 "Then Jesus said,
"Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile."
What a gracious and kind invitation Jesus made to the Twelve! It seemed that everyone wanted something from him, healing, deliverance, advice, even a good theological dispute. But Jesus made sure that he spent time with his apostles so that he could teach them how to find rest in God's presence. He wanted to help
them find the right balance between serving God and letting God serve them and tend to their needs.
Balance. Isn't that one of the biggest challenges we all face? In a world that emphasizes accomplishments and
achievement, the call to sit quietly with the Lord and receive his blessing can sound narrow and self-indulgent. But the truth is that everyone needs to spend time alone with Jesus. We all need to come to Jesus in the quiet of our hearts and let Him minster to us. For without this time alone, we will have nothing to offer the people we are serving and caring for.
Harassed by life, exhausted, we look about us for somewhere to be quiet, to be genuine, a place of
refreshment. We yearn to restore our spirits in God, to simply let go in Him and gain new strength to go on living.
In a field of quiet, there lies waiting for us a hidden treasure.
Come away and rest…that is what I felt my spirit needed on a warm, sunny fall day. I remembered the pond at Rockwell City that I had been introduced to early in the summer. Since I was in the vicinity I decided that would be a great place to come away and rest, read and refuel for an evening meeting.
My spirit was craving quiet; what I received was a hidden treasure.
As I parked next to the pond, I looked up to an inviting scene. The water was calm, holding four ducks, which were effortlessly floating on its surface, with not a care in the world, or so it seemed. My arrival
appeared to have disturbed their tranquility. Because in no time they had swam to the edge of the pond, climbed its bank, and met me at my car door, honking as if scolding me for intruding on their peace.
I too was a bit irritated, remember, I wanted to come away and rest. In that very moment the honking, hovering ducks were threatening my quiet. I wasn't even sure I should get out of my car. I have been chased by angry ducks in the past and was not in the mood for an encounter like that. So I prayed, "Dear Lord protect this sacred time that I am craving to have with you." I was determined to get from my car to the nearest picnic table with no conflict. I slowly opened my car door and moved in that direction of the
picnic table, with the honking ducks at my heels. Sitting down at the picnic table the ducks stopped honking
and , then nestled into the grass and sat quietly as if they had been appointed to guard me in that space. I felt God's peace overcome me. I wondered then as I watched these new feathered friends, if this was the hidden
treasure that God had wanted to reveal to me today. The message being that God gets so excited when we seek time away with Him that He literally uses even ducks to show me that this is His reaction to us
when we take the time to come away and rest with Him.
I would encourage each of you to seek that precious treasure God wants to reveal to you.
Don't let the world convince you that the challenges of life! Every day, Jesus has special gifts set aside for you, treasures that he knows you will need as you face the ups and downs of the day. These treasures may include a verse from Scripture that you can share with a loved one, a warm embrace from His Spirit to support you in a tough situation, or a dose of courage to help you in the fight against temptation. Or honking ducks to greet you with enthusiasm and then quietly surround you and remind you of God's protection and peace that He wants so badly for each of us to experience.
Onward Christian Soldiers,