As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Too often I find myself overwhelmed with endless to-do lists, meetings, and long work days, that by the end of the day, I have expelled all my energy and have no more to give to my family or myself. This habit of overbooking, and filling space with ‘things I have to do’ is common among my generation. Even scheduled vacations are filled with jam packed plans that have us running from one place to the next. As much as we all wish for more hours in the day, the truth is, that even if that were to come true, we would find a way to fill that extra time with stuff.
In this passage, Jesus is taken to many people who were possessed, sick, or needed healing in some capacity. His days seemed long and I’m sure challenging no doubt. However, after a non-stop day of ‘doing things’, he took time in the evening to himself to pray and reflect on his accomplishments throughout the day. Although this time of silence and prayer might have been a few minutes sporadically throughout each day, Jesus saw the importance of taking time to himself, and decided to honor that.
Creating time for silence has always been a challenge for me, and once I find the time, it takes my mind an extra few minutes to settle into the silence. During this season of Lent, a time of waiting and preparation, we should all ask ourselves, how can we take a few minutes each day to find time for silence. What would that look like. I have to say that if Jesus, the Messiah, the son of God can find time for silence, we can certainly try.