30 使徒聚集到耶穌那裡，將一切所做的事、所傳的道全告訴他。 31 他就說：「你們來，同我暗暗地到曠野地方去歇一歇。」這是因為來往的人多，他們連吃飯也沒有工夫。 32 他們就坐船，暗暗地往曠野地方去。 33 眾人看見他們去，有許多認識他們的，就從各城步行，一同跑到那裡，比他們先趕到了。 34 耶穌出來，見有許多的人，就憐憫他們，因為他們如同羊沒有牧人一般，於是開口教訓他們許多道理。
30The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." 32So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
- When the disciple came back after they finished their assignment, Jesus took them away “to a quiet place and get some rest”. This is for them to find spiritual resources to continue effective ministry. The Spiritual Formation Bible has the definition for “Solitude”: the creation of an open, empty space in our lives by purposefully abstaining from interaction with other human beings, so that, freed from competing loyalties, we can be found by God.
- Have I arranged “solitude” into my regular routine schedule? How can I “be found by God” in my busy life?
- Open my agenda to next week or next month. Try to carve out a time (half an hour, or half a day or a whole day). Go to a park, a deserted place, or an indoor place without being disturbed. Stay quiet and alone, and then converse with God.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.