We All Need It
Without proper downtime we become frazzled, and all our sculpted plans fail! ~me
In fact, our plans fail miserably when we do not take into account the disconnect time required. This must include disconnecting from the smart phone tether we have all grown accustomed to!
I shared with my bride that we need a few days like we just returned from – more often the older I get, than those younger years when energy levels were more easily restored. A few days away, time with the grand-girl, and a few off the wall phone calls. Everything else will wait. Unplug. And RELAX.
Fortunately, no tragedies occurred during our absence. A few things left undone are easily picked up and continued.
They all ate their fill. The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. More than five thousand were at the supper. As soon as the meal was finished, Jesus insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead across to Bethsaida while he dismissed the congregation. After sending them off, he climbed a mountain to pray.
(Mark 6:42-46 MSG)
Imagine, though it was simply accomplished with a prayer and a blessing, but Jesus had been teaching and performing miracles. At the end, all were hungry and there was little available. What was presented was miraculously replicated to an abundance.
Still, he needed rest and recoup time. His was accomplished with prayer, we often think it must be travel and games. His was alone time, we often think it can only be done with a crowd or family. We often do not consider what it takes out of someone in leadership to ALWAYS be ON for every need of a few, or a thousand, but Jesus teaches us by example to draw away…. By ourselves… And recover.
Then you can re-harness and continue your life.