Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Nov. 2, 2005
Heart Sinking Work
Mark 6:33-44

Just before the story I mention yesterday in Voyage of the Dawn Trader, Eustace had decided not to work when the ship needed to be repaired. Here is the story.

As Eustace lay under a tree and heard all these plans being discussed his heart sank. Was there going to be no rest? It looked as if their first day on the longed-for land was going to be quite as hard as a day at sea. Then a delightful idea occurred to him. Nobody was looking- they were all chattering about their ship as if they actually liked the beastly thing. Why shouldn’t he simply slip away? He would take a stroll inland, find a cool, airy place up in the mountains, have a good long sleep, and not rejoin the others till the day’s work was over.

In Mark 6:33-44, the disciples are confronted with a similar problem as Eustace, it was late for them and the place was barren. They told Jesus that he should send everyone home so they could bye themselves something to eat. Then, Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” I am sure the disciples felt like Eustace. They probably wished they could have snuck off somewhere until the work was done.

Unfortunately sometimes, we are all called to “feed” people when they are hungry, both spiritually and physically. These stories remind me that there is no such thing as “my time.” It is all “God’s time” The sooner will all understand that the more effective our witness for God will be. I do think rest is important, but we are still resting on God’s time so that we can feed others.

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