And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat Mark 6:31
It’s funny the places where Jesus can take us out to dinner. The side of a Samaritan well, a beach by the sea of Galilee and a desolate region miles from the nearest village, all were chosen by our master as a perfect place to dine.
Desolate regions, beaches and wells are all places outside of our GPS satellite reception. We aren’t sure why we are there at first, but God makes His appointments according to His own rule-book. He sees from far away when we are dangerously closing in on selfishness, depression or exhaustion. The invitations which He sends out to us individually each carry the design of the universe creator and no two are alike.
Maybe and most of all God chooses those places so we can come to the end of ourselves, begin to see the needs of others and discover Him as the master chef, who has set us a table in the wilderness.
They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? Psalm 78:19
In Jesus hands that day in Mark’s gospel with His disciples in the wilderness, that question was answered 5000 times: Yes He can! Yes He can! Yes He can!