I am trying something new today.
Below is an audio recording of myself.
As you will hear, I was finally able to break away from the needs of my family this past Saturday in order to a get some time by myself. As I was driving, I captured my thoughts using the voice recorder on my phone.
Instead of trying to write it all down, I have decided to share the audio recording with you.
Here are a few notes to reference while listening.
The Gospels tell us that Jesus was intentional about taking time to be alone. He would often separate himself from the crowds and from his disciples to pray.
I reference two stories to illustrate this.
First, in Matthew 14 starting in verse 13, it states, “Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.”
In verse 13, the “this” being referred to is the death of John the Baptist. He had just been murdered by King Herod.
John the Baptist and Jesus were friends. John the Baptist had been used by God to announce the arrival of Jesus to the world.
Jesus withdrew to a desolate place. This is a natural response upon hearing news like this. He wanted to be alone, in all likelihood to grieve and be in prayer with his Father.
Yet, the crowd followed Him, and had need for Him.
How does He respond?
Verse 14 states, “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
He responds with Compassion and Love. Pure Love.
Mark 6 verses 45 through 50 is the story of Jesus walking on water. This is right after he feeds the 5,000.
Read what it says, “Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land….And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them.”
He meant to pass by them, likely to meet them on the other side (vs. 48).
But, they saw him and cried out for his help (vs. 49).
How does He respond?
Verse 50 states, “But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
Love, pure Love.
Oh, that I would respond the same way when I am interrupted and needed before I am ready.
**In the following recording, I state that Jesus responded to the interruptions of the crowds and disciples by praying for them. I can’t find anything in the scriptures to support this statement. However, I still think the point I make is one to consider.
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