July 21, 2018
Mark 6:30-34…“As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” vs. 34
Jesus saw that his disciples needed a break. They’d been working hard in ministry and were getting worn out, so he made plans to go off to a quiet place. Evidently there were retreat centers even in those days! There was however, an issue with the crowds. Their problems and ailments didn’t take time off and they wanted immediate attention. They likely weren’t sure what needed to be done, they only knew that Jesus was the one who could help. Mark reports that Jesus’ heart went out to them. They were like sheep without a shepherd and he just couldn’t look to his own needs first. We discover such persons regularly as we continue Jesus’ work. Their stories are so sad! Virtually nothing has gone well in their lives and intractable problems abound. Their needs are overwhelming and, while we feel bad for them, we see no easy solutions. Most of us groan inwardly when we see them coming and do all we can to keep from being enmeshed in their needy lives. What a blessing it is for these hurting brothers and sisters when we take time for listening and caring! We might not be able to solve their problems but we can treat them with love and dignity…and they most certainly will be blessed.
Thought for the Day: How do I treat difficult people?