In the breakneck speed of Mark Chapter 1 and in our Epistle reading this week, there is a sense of urgency in the ministries of both Jesus and of Paul. Paul lays aside every strength, advantage and payment for the sake of the Gospel, and Jesus walks away from a potential base camp to travel to other towns. Both of them had a short time to travel and preach the Gospel, and both of them sacrificed stability, comfort and status to accomplish their mission. In our Old Testament reading, and in our Psalm, we have a somewhat different theme; the sheer size and power and infinite understanding of our God together with his care for the small and weak. And in our Gospel there is the contrast of the gathering adoring crowds who come for healing and His retreat to a lonely place to pray. We have a God who could overwhelm us in a moment, but chooses to woo us; who could bring about His kingdom in a moment, but chooses to let us into the mission … and be transformed in the process.