When I was a resident, we had a white board at the entrance to our offices. On it were the names of all the residents with their pager numbers. Next to the names was a space designating the particular rotation each resident was currently engaged. Occasionally, instead of the rotation, there were three initials written, M.H.D. It was our code for “Mental Health Day.” When we took a vacation or day off, we wrote this. These initials best captured our feelings about taking time off. It was not to visit some exotic place, it was simply to rest our minds. We needed it!
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
As impressive as Jesus’ care for the sick and needy, I am always overwhelmed with the compassion and consideration that Jesus had for His own disciples. The Gospel of Mark records a fast paced ministry with crowds continually clamoring for Jesus’ attention. Our Lord recognized the physical and mental demands upon Himself and His followers. He knew when to stop ministering to others and rest.
In this workaholic society in which we live, we must be mindful of the demands that life places upon us. When under stress, take time to heal your body and your mind. Go to a quiet place and place your burdens upon Jesus Christ. He will sustain and carry you.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.