There are times we get run down and tired. Life can just seem to consume us and suddenly we find ourselves with very little left in the tank. As the disciples returned to Jesus after being sent out two by two, they were excited by all they had done but Jesus could see they were exhausted too. His desire was to find them rest. So they load up the boat and head out.
But a buzz moves on ahead of them and by the time they land ashore, a large crowd has gathered. And it is not a welcoming committee. It is a crowd full of people with needs. The Bible tells us Jesus saw them as “lost sheep” and that He takes compassion on them. Jesus steps out of the boat and begins to teach and to heal many people.
I can imagine that Jesus saw the crowd flowing to where they were headed to land. So I can surmise that He made the decision not to change course and to go away from the gathering crowd. Jesus knew or felt He was up to the task ahead so He chose to engage the crowd and to minster to their needs.
At times we too must make that assessment. As we see a potential need coming our way we to must assess if we have enough left in the tank to meet that need. We must remember that at times even Jesus stepped away for solitude and refreshment. A time of Sabbath is essential to being able to minister effectively. When we are dry and empty, we have nothing left to pour out into others. We must care for ourselves so that we can offer our best to the care of those in need.
Mark 6: 30-34 and 52-56