Verse of the Day

"When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things."

~Mark 6:34

Today's Devotional Thought

October 24, 2011 by Wendy Foreman



Last week and this past weekend was crazy busy in our home. My husband left last Monday to go to a Pastor's conference in South Carolina and while he was away his grandmother passed away. He got home Wednesday night and we left Thursday after lunch to drive to Pennsylvania to attend the funeral. We got back late Friday night and Saturday morning our church had a yard sale/bake sale. We went there for a while and then off to baseball for my son.

Yesterday was Sunday and my husband and I had a list of different things we were involved in throughout the day. As you can imagine, we are quite exhausted. So today, we are more than likely going to sit around all day and just rest.

Have any of you ever had weeks like this? Weeks where you were exhausted and felt like if you didn't get some down time soon you were going to lose your mind? As I thought about the craziness that we all sometimes face week to week, my mind went to Jesus and how his life must have been while he traveled in ministry for 3 years. It seemed like every time He attempted to get away, the crowds followed Him and the rest he was anticipating didn't happen. But we learn and see that Jesus had great compassion on the crowds of people that followed Him. He would turn to the crowds and He would teach and heal and have compassion on them.

Yesterday, my husband and I went to a local nursing home to minister. I was very tired and like I already mentioned, it had been a crazy week. When I walked into that nursing home and saw the faces of so many who looked sad and lonely, I was overcome with such compassion for them. I wasn't so tired after all. I smiled and talked to some. I helped them get situated and ready for the service to start. My husband opened with prayer and then I led them in some old favorites like "Great is Thy Faithfulness," "The Old Rugged Cross," and "At Calvary." I looked at each one of them as they sang and oh, it was so beautiful to hear them. They were smiling as if they were remembering times gone by.

My husband preached after that and the one thing he told them is that they are precious to God. That God wants to use them where they are. He went on to tell them that they could show God's love to those they come in contact with each and every day.

Looking back over my day yesterday, those words were for me. All of us grow weary in life and God wants us to minister even in the midst of our weariness. I don't know if I did one thing that encouraged those men and women yesterday, but I do know that they encouraged me. I left there different than when I got there.

Are you weary?

Friends, even in the midst of our weariness God can and will use us to show others His love. It is all about Him and not about us. We just must follow in obedience and God will use us for His glory and I know he will give us all rest when we really need it.

Memorize this verse today:

"When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things."
~Mark 6:34

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