Come Away with Me is the title of a love song by Norah Jones. It is a song sung by one who is tempting their love to come away from the trappings of life to a simple and uninterrupted place.
This past week I spent time away with my family—away from the ordinary nature of life and ministry. I needed the time away and I imagine many of you have needed some time this summer to get away. If you have not taken some time away, I hope you will, but remember Sundays are not the best time to take off (unless you are a preacher).
The Apostle Mark recalls this story, “The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves (Mark 6:30-32).
Jesus recognized that “coming away” was a vital part of our human nature. He did not want us to work ourselves into the ground like our culture persuades. To remain balanced in our humanness we must have time away in those deserted places. Places far removed from the everyday life—from phones, television, computers, friends, and yes work.
Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.