The apostles *gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. And He *said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves. The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. When it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and said, “ This place is desolate and it is already quite late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But He answered them, “You give them something to eat!” And they *said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred denarii on bread and give them something to eat?” And He *said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they *said, “Five, and two fish.” And He commanded them all to sit down by groups on the green grass.
Dear God, I remember journaling on this story years ago when it occurred to me that the disciples were exhausted, Jesus was trying to give them some rest, but when the crowds didn’t let them Jesus withdrew the rest. It was time to press on through their fatigue and meet a human need in a supernatural way.
Father, I’m pretty tired right now. Yesterday was stressful and I have three more days of hard work before my vacation starts this weekend. Help me to look to you to do the work you have for me to do, and not to feel sorry for myself. In the midst of the great things you’ve done lately that I’ve been witnessing, help me to see and fall into your glory. Don’t let my selfishness cause me to miss the opportunity to be part of how you would have me to love others.
In Jesus’ name I pray,