Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him. Mark 3:7-12 NIV
People, people, people everywhere. At times it can be invigorating being in a massive crowd, particularly if something good is happening. But after a while, one can begin to feel cramped in, need room to move about, and have some peace and quiet. It is only natural.
Jesus was healing the multitudes and impure spirits would cry out, recognizing Him as the Son of God. Jesus loves people and did want to cure them of infirmities. He also though had a mission to teach the word of the Father, and that was not easy to do when He was totally surrounded by people. He needed a bit of space between Himself and others, room for His voice to carry out to a listening audience. Maybe if He could get some separation from the crowd by being a short distance off the shore in a small boat, then He could relay the Father’s desires to the large crowds. Jesus knew that although physical healing of the sick was truly important, the Father’s message to nurture the souls of the many was even more needed. Jesus knew His time here on earth was not to last much longer and He wanted to most effectively utilize that precious commodity, time.
Do we separate ourselves from the crowds and the noise daily to spend time with God? We need to do so. Make quiet time each day to be spent with God. Your soul needs nourishment that only He can provide.