Rising very early before dawn, he [Jesus] left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. [Mark 1:35]

We all need a little peace and quiet. Even Jesus wasn’t immune to this need. He had been busy for days, healing the sick and driving out demons. But alas, even he wasn’t to be allowed much time to himself. His disciples sought him out.

Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee. [Mark 1:36 – 39]

The next time you want to “get away from it all”, remember these passages. Take the time you need to nourish your own soul before you begin your day. Its necessary in order for you to give your best to those who depend on you.