In Mark 6:30-32, Jesus called the disciples for a getaway. Remember those? Getaways? You and your sweetheart. Time alone. No interruptions. No responsibilities.
Getting away with God has some challenges.
Even Jesus had to search for a quiet spot, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35 NIV).”
Just getting quiet is hard. Texts ding and tweets chirp. The kids bang on the door. Once we find a quiet spot, our brain goes AWOL. Our thoughts wander. We remember things we need to do. How are we supposed to focus on God?
Here’s the plan for your date this week:
- Schedule your date.
- Choose a quiet place.
- Take pen and paper. When you think of something you need to do, jot it down then put it aside.
- Tap your imagination. Visualize your favorite getaway.
- Put Jesus into the scene. Where will you go? What will you do?
For me, Jesus and I always seem to end up walking a stretch of beach in Galveston. Hand in hand. Toes in the surf. Screeching sea gulls overhead. The wind in my face and the smell of salt and sea deep in my lungs. Here, silence is comfortable and the need to talk doesn’t press. We can just be.
Plan your getaway and go.
Workout of the Week: Use Your Imagination to Anchor Your Thoughts
Memory Verse: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 NIV
Meditation Passage: Mark 6:30-32
Just Do It: Plan your getaway and go.