The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them,
Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile.
For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Mark 6:30, 31
I know the feeling of many coming and going with no leisure even to eat.
I was given that leisure and space this weekend with the offer of respite at my friend Angela’s house. From Friday to Saturday evening there was space and quiet and time to think and read and write. And watch a bluray movie on her massive TV.
I slept. I read an entire book. All the way through. I wrote. I rested. I listed. I sat by the fire. I listened to music.
It was a gift.
The disciples ended up being followed and recognized in their desolate place, leaving them with 5,000 hungry people to feed. Jesus worked the miracle of the five loaves and two fishes and then put them in the boat.
Soon I will get back into my boat and be launched out onto the water of a new week.
In that launching I will try to hold onto grace and peace and gratefulness for the time I was able to rest awhile.