“And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.” – Mark 6:30-32
It is so important as Christians, to take time away from the busyness of life and even ministry to spend with Jesus. That He may refresh our weary body, feed out famished soul, instruct, and if necessary, mend and strengthen our broken spirit with His words and revelations.
Just like our earthly relationships require us to set aside time to get away from everyone and everything else to be with the one we love, giving them our full and selfless attention if we want to keep the fires of love burning, so does our relationship with God. Remember that any fire left unattended will go out. Fires must be continually fed, stoked, and never be far removed from your attention for you to keep it blazing and be able to enjoy it’s warmth, light, comfort, and protection in what would otherwise be a cold dark night. In both our earthly and our heavenly relationships we must put forth the effort to keep the fires of love going by taking the time to feed it affection, stoke it with communication, and give it our full attention so that we will notice when the flames begin to weaken and are therefore able to take the appropriate action to build it back up.
No one sided relationship will last, the attention must come from both parties. Both must give so that both can receive. Jesus has done His part and given all, we must be willing to do ours. If God is calling you to come away and spend time with Him, it’s because He (being ever watchful of the fire in your heart) knows that the flames of your love are weakening and need to be stoked. Answer the call speedily, lest they be allowed to go out completely.
“My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” – Song of Solomon 2:10-13