'But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.' Luke 5:16 NIV
If you're serious about getting serious with God, you can almost guarantee one of the battles you'll face is with hurry. It's part of our culture nowadays - so many things to get done and achieve, by a certain time... there's no time for apathy. Many are so focussed on fighting apathy that everything has to be done at warp speed. While this super-sonic way of living starts to get the job done, the pit-falls can be: (a) you get worn out; (b) you get frustrated at what seems like apathy from anyone going slower than you; (c) you become so focussed on getting the job done you actually forget to have a relationship with God!
Nobody was in more demand than Jesus but he always knew that there was a time for hurry and a time for rest. Have you ever noticed that despite living a hectic lifestyle Jesus never got stressed out? In his three years of ministry he never felt the need for a little holiday; not even a day trip!
The truth is, as much as we complain about it, most of us love hurry. It keeps the adrenaline pumping and makes us feel important. Jesus never hurried. He had time for people and his diary was flexible. Nothing was so important that he couldn't change his plans for someone. And what's the secret? Solitude. Jesus took time out, away from busyness, to be with his Father.
So what now? Make sure booking time out for God has the highest priority in your diary this week.
Soulfood: Num 6:1-21, Mt 4:1-17, Mk 2:18-22, Lk 9:23-26