We hear in Mark’s Gospel where Jesus heals the mother-in-law of Simon and Andrew near the beginning of his earthly ministry. “Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.” (NAB, MK 1:29-30)
After healing her, Jesus spent the rest of the evening curing and healing many of the town residents. And after a long night of ministry, “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” (1:36) Jesus teaches us the importance of prayer, the value of getting to a place of quiet, and spending time in conversation with our Father. Our lives are extremely busy, and with all of our commitments and responsibilities, it is sometimes difficult to set aside time for our Lord, and yet he calls us to himself. Time spent with God energizes us and reinvigorates our souls to press on in our spiritual journey. Time with God is an additional gift from our Father, he who awaits for us in the quiet.
Heavenly Father, help me to find time for you. Give me insight to be a good steward with the time you’ve given me, so that even when life gets busy, I set aside quiet time to be alone with you. Time is an irreplaceable investment in our relationships, and my relationship with you is most important to me. Thank you for your gift of time. Amen.