Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
When We Are Overwhelmed
“Everyone is looking for you.” Do you ever feel that way? In this hustle-bustle, rat race of a world we live in, some days it seems as if everyone wants a piece of us. If it’s not our kids, it’s our spouse. If it’s not our boss, it’s our co-workers. Even when we do things of our own volition, some days it seems as if there’s just not enough of us to go around. Overdoing it, giving into everyone’s demands, spreading ourselves too thin can make us feel exhausted or even angry and frustrated. What’s a body to do?
“Everyone is looking for you.” Teaching in the synagogue, exorcising demons, healing the sick, the whole city showing up at his door—no wonder Jesus needed to escape!
What did Jesus do? He got away from it all—to pray.
When we are feeling overwhelmed by the constant demands of our life . . . when we need some respite from our hectic schedules . . . when we need to be renewed . . . there is help. We can take our clue from Jesus.
When everybody was looking for him, he was doing what he needed to do. Not more teaching or healing. Jesus himself was being healed. Jesus was being revitalized. After such a demanding day, Jesus knew that his body needed rest, that his spirit needed to be refreshed.
And he knew the only One who could do it. He went to a deserted place and prayed. And after spending some time with his Father, he had the strength and the focus to go on.
What’s a body to do?
Pat Honszer, pastor, First Moravian Church, Easton, Pennsylvania