Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The above verse is just one among many where Jesus withdrew to a solitary place to commune with the Father. Why was this so important? “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” (Abraham Lincoln). So what’s so important about having a sharp saw?
Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree. “What are you doing?” you ask. “Can’t you see?” comes the impatient reply. “I’m sawing down this tree.” “You look exhausted!” you exclaim. “How long have you been at it?” “Over five hours,” he returns, “and I’m beat! This is hard work.” “Well, why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?” you inquire. “I’m sure it would go a lot faster.” “I’m too busy sawing!” (Dr. Stephen R. Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”).
Sometimes we get so busy going about the work we have to do, that we neglect the things that would make those things so much easier. Jesus understood this about His ministry. For example, one of the times He withdrew by Himself to pray was immediately before He chose the twelve disciples.
My Advice – Time spent in prayer and in the Word is crucial in as we journey through this life. How about you? Does your saw need sharpening?