“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.” ~ Mark 1:35
My little boy, being almost two, has entered the realm of having moments when he is just mad, mad, mad at not getting his way. Today was one of those days. I took something away, and he retaliated in true toddler fashion: screaming meltdown.
However, he didn’t get the response he was hoping for. In fact, he didn’t really get any response. After looking around and finding he had no audience, he took himself to his room.
After a few minutes, I went to check on him, since it was pretty quite. He had turned on his CD player, which had the CD of hymns in that he listens to when he goes to sleep. He was quietly singing, “Jesus Loves Me” to himself (which currently involves a lot of “Yesses” and humming) and rocking in his rocking chair.
My little boy had put himself in a much-needed time out.
If only we all recognized when we need a minute to stop and collect ourselves!
Jesus sets a good example for us, by getting up early and going away to pray. Even though He was the Son of God, He still needed that extra quiet time away from everyone and everything to recharge and regroup. Time away, especially time spent praying and worshipping God, is important for all of us.
And, as my little boy showed me today, it’s never too soon to start.