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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
"Rest a While"
"For Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples" John 18:2
"And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately" Mark 6:31, 32.
According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity.
Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to the critical Athenian, "Now, answer the riddle, if you can. Tell us what the unstrung bow implies."
The man looked at it for several moments but had no idea what point Aesop was trying to make. Aesop explained, "If you keep a bow always bent, it will break eventually; but if you let it go slack, it will be more fit for use when you want it."
People are also like that. That's why we all need to take time to rest. In today's Scripture, Jesus prescribed time off for His wearied disciples after they had returned from a prolonged period of ministry. And in the Old Testament, God set a pattern for us when He "rested from all His work" (Gen.2:3).
We should take seriously the example God has set before us. Each of us should carve out time to relax physically. This time should be given to renew our lives physically and spiritually. Our family does this every year. It's a time to renew our relationships with the Lord and with one another. I would encourage you to set time aside to loosen the bow if you want to be your best for the Lord.