But the news about Jesus spread more and more. Many people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. Jesus often went away to other places to be alone so that He could pray. Luke 5:15-16 ERV
Reading these verses I question Jesus’ actions. He could heal anyone with a word, a prayer, a look, a touch. And He walks away from all that opportunity to heal brokenness? I don’t understand. Everyone needed help. Take a moment and look around this life. Our lives are no different. Needs surround us, within and without. Everyone needs help.
We must take the time to focus on Jesus’ example here. Jesus knew the source of His strength came from the Lord. As followers of Christ, our strength also lies in the Lord. Our To Do Lists are long. There are mouths to feed, laundry, meetings, homework, church, the garage, the grocery, and twelve other things we need to write down before we forget again. And that doesn’t include the daily random opportunities He gives us to love strangers. But we must slow down and rest for a little bit. To truly shepherd others we must first be tended to by Our Good Shepherd. Sometimes it’s more loving to give an honest no over a wearied yes. Then we can slip away, sit with our Savior, and return renewed with His strength, ready to respond to formidable needs with fierce love.
Father, Thank You for teaching me to come away with You and rest so I can grow strong. Amen.
When was the last time you went away by yourself with Our Good Shepherd?
What needs can you respond to after being renewed in His strength?
Alli is a native Texan but calls Louisiana home. During the week she teaches English and video chats with her nephew. On the weekends you'll find her lacing up her tennis shoes for a run, her nose in a book learning more about her Redeemer and Friend, and writing Sunday lessons for the younger hearts at Living Hope Fellowship. Her heart is for encouraging others to taste and see that God is breathtakingly good to and through them.