PLAN FOR REST, BUT BE FLEXIBLE
Luk 9:10 When the missionaries returned, they told Jesus everything they had accomplished. Then he took them with him and they had a private retreat at a town called Bethsaida.
Luk 9:11 But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and cured those who needed healing.
the ruined retreat
The Bethsaida retreat was a chance for the twelve to rest, reflect and report on their recent ministry activity. But the crowds found them, and so it became something else. That happens often in ministry. Many times, what you plan has to give way to what occurs. Rather than let it ruin you, you need to be flexible. The older I get, the more time I take off for rest and recreation. Sometimes my plans don’t work out, but usually they do. It’s not a matter of putting ministry first. No, your ministry is not the most important thing. Your relationship with God is the most important thing. Your health matters to him, so it should matter to you. In fact, the more you structure rest and renewal into your schedule, the better it will be when the urgent requires your attention, as it did for Jesus and the twelve in Bethsaida.
LORD, give us the wisdom to plan, and the strength to be flexible.