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A Quiet Place for Rest

The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, "Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile." He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn't even have time to eat. Mark 6:30-31

Jesus knew that the apostles were hungry and after not eating fatigue would be something else that would affect them. He said, Let's go to a quiet place and rest awhile. Jesus always knows what we need! He also knew that there was still more work to be done. While looking for a quiet place there were many people running along the seashore ahead of them.

I wonder if the disciples noticed this. They were physically right there with Jesus and I imagine He was filling them up with spiritual food along the way. I believe once they were spiritually fed they felt rejuvenated. After all, Jesus being so compassionate knew He would stop and teach the people. He knew they needed a shepherd. He also knew that the physical food would come later, but satisfied they're spiritual appetite for the time being.

This is why I believe this. When we enter into the Presence of God this becomes our quiet place where we find rest. During this time we don't think about being hungry. If we feel weak it is only momentarily because the Presence of God lifts our spirits and refreshes us. We don't recognize the distractions around us because we are caught up the most wonderful feeling in the world. As a matter of fact when we are in this state we want to stay there as long as possible.

If I am correct in thinking this about the disciples it would have been the same as us being in the Presence of God. I will tell you why I believe the disciples felt this way. Have you ever been around someone and you could feel the love of God by being close to them? I have and it was amazing to be around someone who God used to spread His love. I could feel God's love on her. So, just imagine what it would be like to be next to Jesus. Better yet, if you believe in the Trinity then you know that they are one in the same, just in different forms.

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