Devotional Reading from the Daily Common Lectionary: Mark 3: 7-19a
Text: He (Jesus) went up to the mountain and called to Him those whom He wanted, and they came. (v. 13)
Sometimes you have just got to get away.
I am on the final days of a two week summer vacation. It is good to get away from the daily circumstances of life in order to reconnect with yourself. It is also good not to wait for a vacation to do this but to take a few hours away each day or at least each week to just think. Thinking is perhaps one of the most important things that we do.
Thinking, I believe, is different than worrying or fretting. To me thinking incorporates both prayer and silent listening to that Still Small Voice that spoke to the prophet so long ago.
Jesus had a habit of withdrawing from the crowds. In today’s text He goes to a mountain–the place where God is often met in Scripture–and He calls “those whom He wanted.” I believe that He calls to you and me every day. He calls us to go to the mountain with Him and to listen to what He whispers.
I believe that God whispers because in the din of the modern world, it is only a whisper that can make it through the noise. To hear a Holy Whisper one has to block out distractions and listen very attentively, very carefully. And then, hearing the Voice and validating it among other followers of Jesus, we do.
Have you taken time to listen for the Still Small Voice today?
Lord God, speak for your servant listens. Amen.