And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.
– Mark 6:31-32
Sometimes you have to get away. At times, you would be better off to simply leave your current location and get some time away from everyone and everything else. You just might need some alone time with God in a different venue.
It doesn’t mean that you cannot come back. You just need to get away to get better and go forward.
Look at the disciples. They had just done some miraculous work in the name of the Lord. Earlier in that chapter, the Twelve were sent out to remove unclean spirits and share the Good News (see verses 7-9). Upon their return, Jesus listened as they gave firsthand accounts of their work done in His name. Yet, after hearing this, Jesus instructs them to Go away and get some rest in a “deserted place.”
We need to see how the Lord wants us working but not worn out by the work. Burning out may be biblical because we can see it at different instances in the Bible but so is blasphemy and idolatry. Yet, there are things that we should just do to get better such as resting from our labor.
Do you recall the biblical incident when the disciples could not help the desperate father and his demon-possessed son? Jesus shared that this kind required prayer and fasting for it to come out of the person. We cannot fast on an empty stomach nor could we pray effectively for others with hunger growling in our bellies. Our human frailty remind us of our own limits. We need a rest to revive ourselves for further work. We need to appreciate the time away as more than a vacation. We need to see it as a means of recharging ourselves.
As we go further in ministry, we will come to recognize the importance of rest in our work. At some point, we just have to get away.