In Mark 1: 29-39 Jesus travelled all over the countryside healing and casting out demons. Jesus left the Synagogue and went to the house of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s Mother in law had a fever. Jesus took her hand and the fever left her and she began to wait on them. After  sunset the whole town came out and camped on Simon’s doorstep. They brought all of the sick and those possessed by demons to Jesus. He healed many and drove out many demons. Jesus did not let the demons speak because they knew who He was. So my question is, wasn’t all of this a bit overwhelming to the man Jesus? Think of all the nonstop stress of so many people needing help. How did Jesus handle all of this? Verse thirty- five says, “ 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.” The Disciples pursued Him and said, everyone is looking for you. He didn’t get mad at them, but said let’s go to another village and help the people there. I am sure that at times we all feel that the world can be a bottomless pit. The pit can refer to lack of time or to needy people. I do realize that we can all be needy at times. I also realize that we can learn coping mechanisms to help us out of the pit. So what are some ways to help us manage our time and help people?

One way is to prioritize and stay organized. We also need to move away from our own pride and learn to delegate and ask for help when needed. Work on things we are good at and practice those things we need help with.

We need to learn to have balance in our lives. Like Jesus we need to take timeto be apart and get quiet and pray. This allows us to be grounded in Our Savior Jesus Chr ist. This allows us to come from a place of great strength. It will help us not to take on so much stuff, after all we are not supposed to save the world. God will take care of that. We need to pray always as St. Paul put it. I do believe that we are less likely to become overcome by bottomless pits with prayer and Jesus as our center. AMEN!