The person who does not get alone with Jesus is sure to have difficulty as a disciple. This getting away is essential, there can be no growth or genuine service without it. It is in the quiet places where Jesus refreshes us. Burnout is a common problem in whatever field we work, and the world has no lasting solution for it. Secular advice tells us to get away for a change of pace. If we follow that advice, we can postpone burnout for a time, but we will quickly get tired again if all we've done is relax. Jesus did not tell His disciples to go away to relax. He told them to come to Him. Hihs prescense is the difference between a temporary rest and lasting refreshment.
In the quiet places, Jesus does gives us rest, but he also teaches us how to depend on him more fully, how to serve him more effectively and how to trst him more implicitly. The quiet places are places of growth.
By Chris Tiegreen in Journey Magainze