Mark 8:10 tells us that after Jesus performed the miracle of the feeding of the 4,000 and then got into a boat with His disciples and sailed to the region of Dalmanutha. As soon as he arrives there, we are told that the Pharisees arrived and began to debate with him and demanded he perform signs. But sandwiched in between these pressure-filled scenarios Jesus goes sailing on a boat with His disciples. Jesus may have went sailing on a boat simply to get to the next destination, but it is also possible that Jesus needed a bit of a break with his close disciples before the next series of demands.
Perhaps this is a good lesson for us. We all need some time to relax with close friends and family with whom we can enjoy life. Without these moments, our lives are simply nonstop stress and the likelihood of a meltdown increases dramatically. We don’t often think of Jesus enjoying sailing on the Sea of Galilee with his disciples, and yet he doubtless enjoyed the moment.
Take time to enjoy life with family and friends. We all need it. It may be boating or hiking or road trip, whatever it is take some time and enjoy the journey. Jesus did, and so should we—Dr. TJ
Dr TJ Jenney, PhD
Rev. Dr. T. J. Jenney, Ph.D. is a seasoned pastor and leader who has served churches as well as served as a campus minister and chaplain for police and fire departments as well as the Air Force Auxiliary. Dr. Jenney also served as a faculty member at Purdue University, serving as an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership. His experience includes serving as a president and CEO of non-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Higher Education Administration from Purdue and an M.Div and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He served as a contributing editor of William B. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (1989) and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000), as well as written articles for journals.