S (Scripture): Mark 1:35 Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. 36 Simon and those with him tracked him down. 37 When they found him, they told him, “Everyone’s looking for you!”
38 He replied, “Let’s head in the other direction, to the nearby villages, so that I can preach there too. That’s why I’ve come.” 39 He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and throwing out demons.
O (Observation): Jesus knew the value of connecting with God. Without his time away, how was Jesus to know the will of the Father?
After spending time with God, Jesus was expected to go back to the healing ministry he left the night before. But instead – assuming he got clarity from God – Jesus says it’s time to move on to the nearby villages.
Jesus received clarity of God’s mission after spending time apart.
A (Application): When was the last time you spent time apart? Did you experience this during worship? On a hike? In solitude?
Being intentional about time away – writing these devotions – is a way for me to get clarity from God about what God’s Word is saying to me today.
I invite you to follow this blog / subscribe to it, if you find it a helpful (or even a challenging) respite. How can you sense God’s presence? Through reading? Music? Quiet?
Find that time apart. Embrace it. Seek clarity for your role in God’s mission in the world.
P (Prayer): Lord, we pray that you might illumine our pathways. Amen.