"Time away" can also be something we plan for, watch for and get excited about -- especially when the schedule gets so busy. It is good to know that we will have that time for the rest we need. I'm wondering today, however, how we have "time away" no matter where we are or how busy the calendar is. I'm thinking about "time away" right in our chair. "Time away" with God so that like Jesus says, in our Gospel reading this morning (Mark 6:31), "Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while." I'm also remembering Susanna Wesley stopping, sitting down, and putting her apron over her head. ALL of the children knew -- when Mom does that be QUIET because Mom is spending time with God.
How are we having that "time away" even if we aren't actually getting away? Do we have a place, or signal -- like the apron over our head, so people know to let us have the quiet? Jesus is still pointing out that it has been a hectic, busy time "with many people coming and going, so there was no time to eat." (Mark 6:31) Jesus is, however still calling us to have the quiet time with Him.
I encourage you, as we get closer to the summer "time away" but also as we get busier with spring happenings, to make sure you have the "time away" right in your own home (chair?). I encourage you to have the QUIET time with God -- even if it means putting an apron over your head.