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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Jesus had just heard that John the Baptist, his beloved friend, and cousin, had been martyred by King Herod Antipas. Immediately the Bible says that Jesus retreated to a place of solitude in a boat, but the crowds had heard where he was and followed him. When his boat reached the shore, there were so many hurting people, then Jesus began to heal the sick. Since there was no time to mourn the loss of his friend and relative, “He Kept Going.”
In my heart, I’m not promoting this devotional to suggest that when someone near to you passes that you aren’t supposed to mourn their loss. What I am saying is that for Jesus, the continual unending needs of the people and the press of the crowd made it impossible for him to mourn the loss of his friend and cousin John for more than a couple of hours on a boat. So, “He Kept Going!” Surely Jesus knew his timetable. Certainly, he knew the clock was ticking and what his mission required would make it impossible to continually pause and ponder. Oftentimes we read that Jesus would get away from the crowds to pray. After that, “He Kept Going.” We aren’t Jesus. Our emotional and mental health require rest. It is mandated for us that each week we stop and take our sabbath and reframe. Each week when we hit the pause button, even if just for a day, WE CAN KEEP GOING.
Help me this AM to remember that I’m not you. Help me remember that this body of mine can wear out quickly without rest. Help me to rest even in my most trying times. I want to “Keep Going,” for your glory. Amen