Daily Devotions

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him." Mark 1:35-36 KJV

 

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him." Mark 1:35-36 KJV

I had to laugh when I first read this, because I thought, "Yep, I get that!" As a wife, mother of three, and part-time employee, there was little quiet time for myself. Even when I tried to escape into the bathroom, there might be tiny fingers wiggling under the door and a voice saying, "Can you see my hand, Mommy?"

Jesus had so much to think about, pray about, and do. It must have been very difficult for him to find a time and a place and time for solitude. His flock wanted to be with him all the time. What infinite patience he had. When the disciples found him, they told Jesus everyone was seeking him. Jesus didn't rebuke them for following and interrupting his time with God. Jesus wanted men to seek him. Jesus just told the disciples they would go on to the next town to preach, for that was what He was called upon to do.

This made me think about how I behave when I'm doing something and get interrupted. Instead of being annoyed, I need to remember that whoever is doing the interrupting thinks it's important, and perhaps it really is. Perhaps the reason for interruption needs my attention; perhaps the person needs my attention. Patience has not come easily to me but, I've become much better in my later years. I try to remember if I'm not patient, God will give me more opportunities to learn.

Dear Lord, from whom all blessings flow, grant us the patience to listen when needed; to do what would please You. Amen.

Sandy Topping Sandybt37@aol.com

Prayer concern. Those who have no one to listen.

Additional Readings: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; Isaiah 40:21-31; and 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

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