Mark 6:32-37 (NIV)
So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.  But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
First of all, picture the people. I see them scrambling to catch up, running over rocks and hills to get to him. They are sheepdog determined.
Jesus knew they would be. Why not stay close to town?
The solitude and quiet rest are important. Not just for Jesus’ disciples but for all of us. We need to be still, without distractions. We also need to commit. Running after the boat is unceremonious but it shows you care.
Jesus is worth pursuing…to the quiet, to the wilderness.
So he began teaching them many things.
Lessons for heaven…