“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31b, NIV).
When the Lord called His disciples to come away with Him to a quiet place to get some rest, He wasn’t inviting them to take a nap or cease from activity!
When a person’s body is tired we tell him or her to sleep, but when a person’s soul is weary it needs just the opposite. It needs stimulus, but not just any stimulus.
When we are anxious, Jesus says to cast our cares upon Him, but when we have a weary heart and soul, He tells us to take His yoke and learn of Him and we will find rest for our souls.
When Jesus called those disciples to come away with Him to a quiet place, He was calling them to consider Him, to watch Him and be stimulated with a new challenge: to take sustenance from Him and and gain strength to feed 5,000.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV).
“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3, NIV).