This poor Laughing Gull just got tuckered out. He and the others had been flying and fishing for some time. He broke away and landed here, contemplating for a while, shaking his feathers, then sat. It’s not often you see a bird sitting. You tend to think of them flying. But having wings doesn’t mean that your life revolves around flying. It’s part of who you are but it doesn’t define you. Just ask a penguin.
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” —Mark 1
We aren’t meant for preaching and teaching alone. We need maintenance. Jesus himself stepped away and spent time in prayer. Prayer is important—essential, really. But it looks different at different times. This is key: sometimes it pulls you in closer to God; sometimes you re-focus or re-orient; other times you just need to breathe. God likes stillness (see Psalm 46.10).
Don’t forget to breathe. Take time, make time, spend time. We are to engage in ministry and in the spread of the gospel across the world. But we need to breathe, too. Be sure your life doesn’t revolve around our duties. Let your life revolve around your relationship with God.