No Rest for the Weary…
Jesus’ and the Apostles were so saught after that they had little chance to rest:
The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. -Mark 6:30-34, NAB
Once people heard Christ’s teachings, they thirsted for more. They followed Him, and the Apostles, wherever they went. It was as if they could not get enough.
When we have a true, genuine conversion to faith, it can begin to consume our every thought – and that can be a good thing. Jesus and the Apostles were doing such a good job at teaching the faith, that people could not wait to hear more. We may experience something similar.
I can relate to the early followers of Christ. While my faith, like anyone’s, has its share of ups and downs, generally speaking, I love to learn about the faith. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. Whether it’s a good book, or a good lecture, I enjoy soaking in the information.
Do you feel this thirst? If you don’t, that’s okay. Some may be drawn more towards service than study. But, for those studious types, one thing I must caution against is burning ourselves out. Like a fire, if we burn too quickly, our flame will go out as quickly as it caught fire.
A healthy thirst for spiritual wisdom is great, and we should do what we can to quench our thirst. Study all you can; learn all the Lord has in store for you; and, follow Him, and His Apostles, wherever they may lead you.