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11th February: No Time to Eat

There were may people coming and going, and Jesus and his disciples didn't even have time to eat. Mark 6:31 (GNB)

Does this sound familiar? Perhaps it reminds you of a busy casualty or outpatient department, with too many patients and not enough staff. It might remind you of such a crowd in a third-world country, with not enough doctors to handle adequately all the people clamouring for medical attention. You have seen the reproachful looks they give you when you take time off for something to eat, knowing that this will mean a longer wait for them. But you know that you need to eat to keep going. `Does anyone really care about me?' you wonder, and feel tempted to indulge in a little self-pity.

Yes. Someone care! What's more, he understands from experience what it is like. The Lord Jesus knew what it was like to have so many people seeking his help that he and his disciples just didn't have enough time to sit down and enjoy a decent meal. They needed to `get away from it all', and even there the crowds followed them, and there were more demands on their time and energy.

Is this your experience today? Then remember that the Lord Jesus does understand; it's an experience that he has been through. Wherever you may be as you read these words, lift your heart to him in prayer and ask his help for today.

Lord, I thank you that you know from experience what it is
like to have so many people clamouring for your help that
you did not even have time to eat. Lord, you know what
today holds. Give me your grace to cope with whatever
tasks and experience today holds for me.

Further reading: Heb 4:14-16.


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