The Gospel of Mark is a fast paced account of our Lord’s earthly life and ministry. Mark wastes no time writing about the onset of Jesus’ ministry in chapter one and so he records some of Christ’s miracles on one particularly busy day for Him. Let’s join in the account starting in 1:30, “But Simon’s (Peter’s) wife’s mother lay sick of a fever and anon the tell Him of her. And He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up and immediately the fever left her and she ministered to them (the disciples & Jesus). And at even when the sun did set they brought unto Him all that were diseased and them that were possessed with devils. . .and He healed many. . .” What a hectic yet fulfilling day I’m sure. We’ve all had hectic days, more than we’d probably like !
But then the activity takes a slow turn as we come to verse 35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day (I can relate, its early now !) He went out and departed into a solitary place and there prayed.” Like a beautiful musical composition where there are the highs and lows the Lord was busy about His Father’s business but He also slowed down from the frenetic pace of life to get apart and pray.
I wonder sometimes if we’re not so frazzled because our lives are made up of a lot of activity during the day yet we simply don’t take a little time to just pause from it all and pray? Prayer can be quite humbling but we need that. Prayer can focus us, we need that ! Prayer can be soothing, we surely need that ! It can invigorate and motivate us and we need that as well. So remember as a new week begins all over again, and you launch into the “same ole, same ole” or tackle something different and life starts to get a bit fast paced, remember Someone is waiting for YOU to talk to Him !