30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
– Mark 6:30-32, NRSV
Lately, my daughter has developed a habit of randomly and joyfully proclaiming how charged our devices are. “Your tablet is at 100%, Daddy!” she’ll exclaim (right before she asks to play games or watch videos on said tablet). She has a sense of how important it is for things to be fully charged.
In one set of his “g’morning, g’night” set of tweets, playwright / composer / actor Lin-Manuel Miranda writes:
You’ve had too many apps open for too long.
Close your eyes. Check all systems.
Don’t wait until low power mode.
Close your eyes.
Close all unnecessary apps.
He’s onto something, of course. Our human minds and bodies aren’t so terribly unlike those electronic devices that consume so much of our time. At times, we need to reduce the number of “apps” and “tabs” and “windows” we have open. At times, we need to recharge. At times, we need to completely shut down and reboot.
You may not be at 100% this morning. You may not be at 100% most mornings. You may be dangerously close to “low power mode.” You may need to take a bit of time to recharge. Jesus knows you need it.
Literally, Jesus knows you need it. He modeled that kind of self-care himself… and in today’s scripture reading, he expects it of his disciples, too.
So close your eyes,
even for a minute.
Recharge, even a little.
After all, friends:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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