I just want some alone time!

Mark 14:13 says ‘Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on food from the cities.’

Jesus wanted to be alone.

I know that feeling.  Wanting to be alone.  Just wanting some time to myself.  Just wanting to finish a cup of coffee … while it’s still warm.

But did you catch that very first part of the verse? “Now when Jesus heard about John…”

Jesus had just heard about John the Baptist being beheaded.  His very forerunner …

Wow.  That’s a different kind of ‘I need to be alone’.  That’s an ‘I need to process and allow my heart to catch up with the news’ kind of alone. It’s not quite the ‘alone’ that I was talking about earlier … needing some ‘me’ time, alone.

Yet the crowds followed Him.  (I pretty sure I would have been a bit frustrated by this point.  Did they not know the news he’d just received?  Was there no compassion?  No time alone?  No break for a saddened heart?)

“When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.” Verse 14

There was compassion … it just came from Jesus, not the crowd.

He saw their need.  He knew that their need was greater.

So he laid aside his preferences and did the work the Father sent Him for.

Wow.  He felt compassion for a crowd that did not seem to feel compassion for the pain his heart must have felt there.

He laid aside His desires and preferences to do what God was calling Him to do.

sit on that a minute …

He felt compassion for them … do you feel your heart aligns with Jesus’ in that you look at people and feel compassion for them?

He saw their need was greater than His own … do you tend to have a preference for your need over another’s?  Seeing your need as more important and thus it taking president over someone else’s need?

He laid aside His desires and preferences to do the will of the Father who sent Him … Is there a general selflessness about you to where you are willing to lay aside your preference (of a movie, of a dinner, of a time, of a desire, of a thing you’ve just got to get done…) to do something else to meet a need that is greater than yours?

These questions are hard.  If I’m honest … the answer to all of them is ‘gosh, I sure hope I would…’, but mostly ‘no’, I don’t do that on a regular basis.

So come to Jesus …

Jesus, take compassion on me, as I see my need for you is so great.  I need you to work in me to transform my heart to be like yours.  It is not like yours.  Might You cause me to see the needs of others … to feel compassion for them … and to lay aside my preferences for their need.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 'gini
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 10:13:57

    You are so right and that was very convicting-thank you


  2. Michael Flores
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 10:32:17

    And the Spiritual surgery on me continues! Good word Holly, thanks!


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