“Get Some Rest” ( Mark 6: 31, NIV ) by Carley Evans


My 9 year old Bichon Frise, Bolind’s Frosted Katie Hanna [Hanna for short] died suddenly this weekend. She began walking stiffly, then foaming at the mouth, vomiting water, with profound lethargy following. She died within 24 hours of the first symptoms. Apparently, the symptoms sounded like antifreeze poisoning to the vet, who was too busy to see her. And, I am currently having her dog food tested as a precaution. We buried Hanna in our backyard.

Jesus tells His apostles, “Come with Me by yourself.”

On top of my dog’s sudden death, my daughter is presently in Japan. Although she is currently safe, the constant news coverage of the six nuclear reactors in Fukushima being near meltdown has caused me some loss of sleep, despite my mental discipline of refusing to worry. I’ve actually discovered that I worry that she is worried!

Jesus says, “Come to a quiet place.”

Kindly, my supervisor at work allowed me an extra day to be at home this week. I initially thought the two days without Hanna and with my daughter in Japan might be depressing, but I needed that time to be with the Lord and to be in a quiet place.

Jesus says, “Get some rest.”

Here is the command from the Lord with which I believe many Christians have the most trouble. So much to do, so little time to do it all — how can I rest?

I can tell you from this week’s experiences — I needed a rest. I needed a quiet place. I needed to be by myself, alone with the Lord.

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret.” (Psalm 37:7) “Get some rest.”

“Heaven On Earth” (Luke 20: 38, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus tells us, “Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to Him.”

Paul writes, “Do you not know that all of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus are baptized into His death? We are buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ is raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too may walk in the newness of life. For if we are united with Him in a death like His, we are certainly united with Him in a resurrection like His.” (Romans 6: 3 – 5)

So, we live to God.

Jesus says, “I Am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live.” (John 11: 25)

He also declares many times, “The kingdom of Heaven has come near to you.” (Luke 10: 9, 11)

If Jesus is the resurrection and the life, then He is also the kingdom of Heaven. He walks among us, the full embodiment of Heaven on earth.

“Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today, if your hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put Me to the test and saw My works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known My ways.’ As I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ” (Hebrews 3: 7 – 11)

Jesus is our High Priest, so we are able “to hold fast our confession” of faith. He is able to “sympathize with our weaknesses.” We are as such able to approach God “with confidence,” knowing that He Himself provides us with mercy and “grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 14 – 16, selected)

Jesus is our life. He is the kingdom of Heaven. We walk in this kingdom here on the earth with softened hearts, leaning on Him for mercy and grace and help in time of need. Let us lean on the Lord.