July 20, 2003

Mark 6:30-31, 53-56

    [30] The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. [31] Jesus said, "Come off by yourselves; let's take a break and get a little rest." For there was constant coming and going. They didn't even have time to eat.

    [32] So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves. [33] Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them. [34] When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke -- like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.


    [53] They beached the boat at Gennesaret and tied up at the landing. [54] As soon as they got out of the boat, word got around fast. [55] People ran this way and that, bringing their sick on stretchers to where they heard he was. [56] Wherever he went, village or town or country crossroads, they brought their sick to the marketplace and begged him to let them touch the edge of his coat -- that's all. And whoever touched him became well.

[The Message]


1. While we miss the biggies of feeding 5,000 and walking on water, we do get the miracle of continuing on, even while exhausted. In some sense this is a test of commitment to what is important. When we are too tired to care and still we do, everyday miracles glisten in our lives.

2. The usual saying is, "No rest for the wicked." An internet search also turns up such phrases as:
no rest for the weary
no rest for the wary
no rest for the victors
no rest for the creepy
no rest for "Star Search" winners
no rest for the sleepless
no rest for the dedicated
no rest for the waking
no rest for the worker
no rest for the redundant

How's your rest level and why?

3. Can you relate the mere edge of Jesus' coat to the least of your words? The stuff on the edge, the throw-away line, is important. That's all it sometimes takes. Don't dismiss your wisdom too lightly. Even your least word has power. Use it well.