DAY 37 OF 365 IN 2021
Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
There are systems in place for when one spends a significant duration of time outside a specific work environment. There is a return to work scheme for some specific healthcare professions because as a constantly evolving field of practice, one might be required to significantly update their skillset before re-entering the work environment.
It is important, therefore, that we pay particular attention to the words used in inviting the Apostles to rest: “rest a while’. That duration of rest may not have been specified, but ‘a while’ hints at a pretty short duration of time, a quick turnaround; and there is reason behind that intention.
For whenever we attain any plaudits or laurels, whenever we chalk any successes under our belts, the tendency is often to rest basking in the glory. Mind you, not that rest is not pushed for, but there are situations when a quick turn around is the way to go. Before our skills get rusty, before we think we have made it, before we think all options have been exhausted and that we have arrived; that is when we ought to be getting back into the ring.
Boxing rounds have only a minute stop between rounds because any longer than that increases the risk of injury and muscle fatigue. So beloved, ‘rest a while’, but don’t forget to step back into the ring. Be excited about every achievement, but don’t let that be your last.