Farmers Market




Lewis & Quark

Despite what our instincts tell us, getting away from whatever is on our mind is sometimes the best possible solution.

Today, I went to the Lancaster Central Market (picture above), one of the coolest parts of America's coolest small town. It was my first time, and I enjoyed seeing the hand-made, homemade, home-grown products for sale, and the Amish vendors always have some unique products as well. I also got to eat at my favorite Greek restaurant. In short: I had a fun day.

However, I did not want to leave my house this morning. In fact, I was quite convinced that I shouldn't. I had a long list of things to do before the end of the day, and not a lot of time to accomplish them. In fact, I almost definitely wouldn't have gone out if my second-cousin hadn't been in town and my mom and sister hadn't already decided to go. So, I went.

I suppose I should mention that I was utterly exhausted from VPTAD letter compilation the day (okay, night) before. I was dreading moving forward, and had little patience left. But, that quick break— a nice, relaxing day exploring a new place— was just the refreshment I needed to find my motivation and get all my work done.

Usually, when we have a lot to do, we procrastinate, which wastes time and makes us miserable. In the end, my trip to the city took about the same amount of time as procrastinating all day would have, and I was able return refreshed and ready to get back to work. When we are under a lot of stress and pressure to get our work done, we are reluctant to step away and take a break from the workload. However, we end up wasting even more time through procrastination and decreased productivity.

Shortly before Jesus fed the 5,000, the disciples came to Him exhausted after many days of hard work. In response, Jesus told them to step away and take a rest.
Mark 6:30-32: The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 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. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
As humans, we are prone to weakness and weariness. We find our rest in God, which oftentimes includes taking a few moments for ourselves to refresh our minds and rejuvenate ourselves. This can take many different forms, but we have to remember that we are least productive when we're busy, and that we are not designed to go on working forever with no rest. Praise the Lord for the opportunities He gives us to rest and refresh our tired souls.
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