“Come ye apart, lest ye come apart.”

You won’t find those exact words in the Bible, but I once heard a pastor use that phrase to make a point: We all need to step away from our daily grind to catch our breath, gain new perspective and be renewed.

It was actually Jesus’ idea.

When the disciples reported to Jesus all they had done, He said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest” (Mark 6: 31 The Message). The remainder of the verse explains why: For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.

Does that sound like your life?

It sounds like my life when I had small children – that was probably the only time I can say I ever forgot to eat. I was on my feet all day long – constant coming and going – until I shuffled off to bed and fell in, exhausted. The next morning I would do it all over again.

My career days as a social worker were literally filled with constant coming and going – I traveled a five-county area making home visits and doing community presentations. It seemed there was always more work than there was time to do it. When I arrived home each night it felt as if I had nothing left – I gave it all at the office. The next morning I did it all over again.

Have you ever noticed how daily life can be so…so daily?

We would do well to heed Jesus’ advice: take a break and get a little rest.

Taking a break can be as simple as sitting down and putting your feet up for a few minutes. When my children were small, I took a rest time when they did. I would set the kitchen timer for ten minutes, lie on the couch and close my eyes. It was during this time of my life that I perfected the art of catnapping. Even in my career days I often transitioned from my hectic work day to the evening with a brief nap. It helped turn off my mind from the cares of the day.

Taking a break can also be complex as arranging time away from your usual routine. It may involve hiring a babysitter or planning logistics for an evening out or a weekend away. Browse a bookstore. Listen to music. Read. Attend a concert or a retreat. Take a walk…or just sit. Listen for God’s voice.

Did you know that taking a break and resting is an act of trust? When we cease our coming and going, we trust that God can run the world without us for a short while. David wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). “Be still” means to cease striving…Take a break. Get a little rest.

Whether it’s a five minute break to put your feet up or a weekend at a retreat, take a break…rest a little. Place your concerns in God’s hands. Be conscious of the fact that God is in control. Avoid burn out and blow ups.

Come ye apart, lest ye come apart…


  1. Darlene Van Wert
    Oct 5, 2011

    Thank you Kathy for those words of wisdom. I did need this very thing today, to take a break and get a little rest. Life here has been pretty hectic and will be this way for some time yet. I have to be honest that I don’t always like what has been set before me but I will keep pressing on to what the Lord will have me do no matter how tired and fast the day passes by. I did ask for it, as I was praying one day a month or so ago what assignment the Lord would have for me next! He sure has given me and my husband a tough assignment. I am thankful today and look forward to what the Lord will have me do tomorrow.

  2. Jen
    Oct 5, 2011

    Very insightful 🙂 thanks for that reminder, as a mom of 4 young kids I often forget to stop & take a break.

  3. Alison
    Oct 6, 2011

    This was just what I needed to hear! On Sunday I gave myself a “break” from my normal routine but just ended up doing a lot of things that were different than normal so I was still busy. Be still. That phrase doesn’t mean just trade what you do for other stuff. It means stop what you are doing and do nothing and enjoy the rest. God knows exactly what we need and that includes a little bit of doing nothing.

  4. Kathy F.
    Oct 6, 2011

    Again, I am encouraged by your words. I will strive to remember to “take a break” and appreciate God’s blessings (of which there are a plethora). Thank you.

  5. Alyssa Wood
    Oct 14, 2011

    Thank you Kathy,
    This is very helpful when I have jsut entered the “working” world as an adult and its has been frustrating feeling like I have not time for a rest. I need to make time even if its just a “catnap.”

  6. Kim
    Oct 18, 2011

    I had not read your blog until now and it was perfect timing! That you for speaking Gods truth to my spirit! May the Lord bless you!
    Kim Ruark


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