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REFLECTION: Cross Roads

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Fatigued.  This is the very word that describes my current state and before it brings out the worse in me, I should retreat and rest in the Father’s arms.

After Jesus learned that his cousin, John the Baptist, was beheaded by King Herod, “he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart.  But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on the great throng; and he had compassion on them, and he healed their sick.  When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”  Jesus said, “They need not go away: you give them something to eat.”  They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”  And he said, “Bring them here to me.”  Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And they all ate and were satisfied.  And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.  And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children…  After he dismissed the crowds, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.” Matthew 14: 13-23

Where do we go when we are fatigued and discouraged?  Do we sit in front of the tube in a vegetative state?  Do we sip on a glass of wine or chug on a bottle or two of beer until our thoughts become dull and we enter into a temporary blissful state?  Or, do we go to a lonely place and pray, just as Jesus did?

As I “lost myself” in front of the tube the other night, I came across a channel where the hosts were mentioning that watching the “tube” isn’t a healthy way to rest and relax.  Rather than restoring our mind, body and soul, we merely immerse and loose ourselves into a fictitious world, while we retreat from our real one.

Jesus had attempted to go to a lonely place to grieve the loss of his cousin, but the crowds followed.  Rather than retreating and finding comfort for himself, he had compassion on the crowds and he healed their sick.  But that wasn’t all, knowing that it was late and the crowds were hungry, he “(took) the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  It was only when he dismissed the apostles and the crowds that he went up to the hills by himself to pray.

Lord Jesus, teach us what to do when we are so tired and yet there is still so much to do.  We ask for your gift of wisdom so that we can discern whether it is your Spirit that is moving us to action or whether we are attempting to move forward by our own strength.  Lord, the enemy is cunning and he will do anything to destroy us, even to the point of getting us involved in too much so we are no longer effective for you.  Guide our every step Lord and teach us to rest in the Father’s loving arms.  Thank you Lord for the inner peace and the tranquillity that comes as we rest in the Father’s arms.  In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

God bless,

Melissa – November 13, 2012