I read a lot about leadership, organization, time management and strategic thinking. One thing that some authors and speakers (especially those that are selling programs) communicate is that if you are really successful then you will have a life that is balanced and fully under tidy control. Well, the greatest leader in human history contradicts that idea. This week in Mark chapter six we read, “ Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. Mark 6:31 (NLT) I love this about Jesus. He lived life like we do and understands the pressure of multiple demands and the undone. Jesus didn’t live an isolated life but one that was deeply engaged with people’s messy lives. There are times when we need to unplug and find a “quiet place to rest awhile” like Jesus told His disciples. What follows that really blows me away. Jesus and the guys take off in a boat to get away but word spreads, and once they arrive for their vacation a huge crowd is waiting for them. If that happened to me I would turn the boat around and beat a hasty exit, but not Jesus. “So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. But many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” Mark 6:32-34 (NLT) Even though a break was deserved and needed, Jesus recognized a need that superseded His vacation. Undoubtedly He had prayed (this is His regular practice before making decisions) and was certain this was an opportunity that His father wanted Him to take. On another occasion, He might have continued with His planned vacation but this time ministry took priority even though He and His men were exhausted. As we read further we see one of the results, the miraculous feeding of over 5,000 people with just a small supply of food. His disciples would remember this day for the rest of their lives. Even when we are swamped with more on our plate than we can accomplish, God shows up if we will trust and obey.