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Church talk: Finding peace in the midst of busyness

Friday 24 May 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Church Talk, Features


Church talk: Finding peace in the midst of busyness
Jesus invites us to come away with Him to a solitary place. This isn’t just about physical rest but about finding peace and comfort in His presence. MEDIUM/24052301

In today’s fast-paced world, the beauty and peacefulness of the Cook Islands can often seem at odds with the demands of modern life, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

For many of us balancing work, family, and personal ambitions often leads to a whirlwind of busyness that can be overwhelming. Yet, the words of Jesus in Mark 6:30-32 offer significant lessons on finding peace amidst our busy lives.

The Bible says “The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” (Mark 6:30-32, NIV)

From this passage, we can draw three essential takeaways that are particularly relevant to our lives here in the Cook Islands:

1) Prioritising spiritual rest

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to neglect our spiritual well-being. The apostles were so busy they didn’t even have time to eat. Jesus recognised their need for rest and called them to a quiet place. This teaches us that no matter how urgent our tasks seem, we must prioritise time with God. 

In the Cook Islands, where community and family are central, finding a quiet place might mean taking a walk along the beach, spending time in prayer under a shaded tree, or setting aside time each morning to read God’s Word. Prioritising spiritual rest rejuvenates and equips us to face our daily challenges with renewed strength and clarity.

2) Embrace solitude with Jesus

Jesus invites us to come away with Him to a solitary place. This isn’t just about physical rest but about finding peace and comfort in His presence. In the Cook Islands, where we are often surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation, it is easier to feel His presence. However, it’s crucial to intentionally set aside moments to be alone with Christ.

For many of us, this might mean disconnecting from social media and technology for a while, to focus on prayer and meditation. Solitude with Jesus allows us to hear His voice more clearly and understand His plans for our lives. It’s in these quiet moments that we can realign our priorities with God’s will, finding true peace and purpose.

3) The importance of balancing work with adequate rest

The Cook Islands are known for their laid-back lifestyle, yet even here, the pressures of work and responsibilities can be overwhelming. Jesus’ call to rest reminds us that it’s essential to balance our work with adequate rest. This balance is important not only for our physical health but also for our mental and spiritual well-being.

Challenge yourself to set boundaries for work and leisure. Ensure you have a dedicated time for rest and worship. By doing so, you not only honour God through your worship of Him but also able to connect and recharge yourself to be more effective in your work and service to others.

God’s priorities for us are clear. He desires for us to live balanced lives, prioritising our relationship with Him above all else.

For us in the Cook Islands, we have the unique opportunity to connect with God through the natural beauty that surrounds us. Use this to your advantage to find regular moments of peace and reflection.

Success in the Christian life isn’t measured by how busy we are but by how closely we walk with Jesus. By prioritising spiritual rest, embracing solitude with Christ, and balancing work with rest, we align ourselves with God’s priorities and find true peace and fulfillment.

The words of Jesus in Mark 6:30-32 serve as a powerful reminder for many of us here in the Cook Islands to slow down and seek His presence amidst the busyness. Let us take Jesus’ invitation to heart, finding rest and renewal in Him, and allowing His peace to guide our steps each day.

Have an enjoyable weekend with your families and friends and “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NIV)