In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him.” vss. 35-36Mark 1:35-39
Mark tells his readers that the morning after being besieged by the crowds in Capernaum, Jesus got up early, and went in the dark to a deserted place for prayer. Because the geography of Galilee has changed little in 2000 years we know that he must have gone up onto one of the rocky hills just outside of town. And as he prayed there in the darkness he would have seen the first light of dawn over the mountains of Syria on the eastern shore of the sea. And as the sky came alive with color, flocks of birds would have been silently making their way from north to south. When the sun finally peeked over the hills, a golden pathway stretched across the water from the sun directly to where Jesus sat. In that transcendent setting, one that Jesus experienced often in the course of his Galilean years, the Spirit revisited Jesus as he prayed. It was an energy boost, and he heard the voice of God. He had come seeking direction! His ministry had had a remarkable beginning, but the question remained, “Now what?” By the time his searching disciples had disturbed his reverie, his answer had come. “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.”
Thought for the Day: Where do I recharge my spiritual batteries?