It was probably a hard day for Jesus.
He had just been accused by the pharisees.
Questioned by a large group of people.
And had stones thrown at him.
He escaped from the crowd..
And went beyond Jordan.
To the place He had been baptized.
Where He heard God’s voice and made sacred covenants (John 10:40).
This seems to be a pattern for Christ.
After another particularly hard time with the pharisees, everyone else goes home (John 7:53). But Christ goes to the Mount of Olives (John 8:1).
According to Luke, this was Christ’s typical place He went to pray in Jerusalem (Luke 22:39).
This adds so much more meaning to the fact that, later on, He chose to pray and partake of the bitter cup in the Garden of Gethsemane, which is within the Mount of Olives.
It was a sacred spot for Him. A place where He has rested. A place where He had talked with God.
Jesus took time for solitude and silence.
He took time to slow down and listen.
He took time to be in sacred places.
…and He has done it since The Beginning.
On the seventh day, God rested.
Seven in the Bible means completion or perfection. I love the idea that rest is needed for us to be complete.
It isn’t something you do when you are weak, it’s something you need to be strong.
Rest has always been part of the plan, so make sure it’s part of yours, too.
I love this quote from Sharon Eubank,
“When you can’t give more, when you’ve gone beyond your ability to give, then sit still. Call on the Holy Ghost and angels to come to you. Be still and get full”Sharon Eubank
Don’t be afraid to stop.
To be still.
And refill in a sacred place.
Christ needed rest when He created us, and we will need it to create anything meaningful as well.