The reading for today is Matthew 14:14-17
And going forth, Jesus saw a great crowd, and He was moved with compassion for them and healed their sick. Now when evening fell, the disciples came to Him, saying, This place is deserted and the hour is already late. Send the crowds away that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves. But Jesus said to them, They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat. And they said to Him, We do not have anything here except five loaves and two fish.
I work in the church office here at Living Lord. I’ve been doing church office work for more than 20 years. I grew up participating actively in church. I’ve been serving at church in some volunteer capacity since I was in elementary school. I get weary sometimes.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m serving because I love to serve and because I love people. It’s just that when you serve all day, all week, all year, etc., sometimes you just want to go home and eat dinner and then put up your feet and rest. I think maybe that’s how the disciples were feeling just before the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 took place.
It had been a long day. I’m guessing the disciples were largely doing crowd control. People, people, and more people. Needy people. Some of them with their whole families. Jesus looked at them with compassion but at some point, the disciples looked at them and asked to send them home.
Jesus knew the best was yet to come. They just needed to hang in there for a bit longer (oh, yeah, and give up their own dinner.)
I’m writing this devotion in June. 2020 has been a year of constant change and I don’t know what August will look like. I hope to encourage you to hang in there just a bit longer (and maybe give up your own dinner) because Jesus knows the best is yet to come.
Lord, give us a heart of compassion like Yours. Bless us with endurance when the day seems long and the way rough. Amen.
Paula Barney firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Compassion.