Becoming a disciple: Learning to sit

Scripture – Mark 14:32

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”


Sometimes we are just supposed to sit.

Jesus did not ask his disciples to form a perimeter with their swords drawn. Nor did he ask them to strategize a rescue plan.

He asked them to sit while he prayed. He asked them to watch. He wanted them to be still so that the reality of all the conversations he had had with them about betrayal, death and resurrection would begin to sink into their hearts. Jesus wanted his friends, who had just eaten the Passover lamb with him, to ponder and realize that they were soon to witness the sacrifice of the ultimate, once-and-for-all Passover Lamb: Jesus.


It’s OK just to sit and think and pray sometimes. We live in a fast-food, instant-download, hurry-up society. But the Jesus way involves reflection, quietness, solitude, peace, rest.

Like the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, we too are often unaware of what God is really doing around us. Let each of us take 30 minutes today and SIT. Let’s see what God says, and let’s see if there’s a settling of our souls.


Jesus, help me to sit and watch you. I get so busy ‘doing’ that my feet barely touch the ground. You are my example and my friend who encourages me to give you the burdens I am carrying. Settle my soul today. For your sake and in your name, amen.


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