By: carole l. haines
10 When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done. Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called Bethsaida. 11 But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing. (Luke 9 NASB)
My husband was away for a week, and when he returned we were plunged into Production Week for the Easter Pageant. It is a pure privilege to do this, but I was hoping for some down time with him. It’s not going to happen this week. Jesus must have felt a tiny bit the same, when his disciples returned from being sent out, two by two, to preach and minister to others. The above passage tells us that Jesus took them with Him and withdrew, but the crowds heard about it and followed. Jesus’ response was not grumpy, but it says He welcomed them. He knew He was on God-time, and he began speaking to them about the Kingdom of God. He cured those who were in need of healing. It says after all this, that He still didn’t get his alone time with the disciples.
12 Now the day was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.” 13 But He said to them, “You give them something to eat!” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.” 14 (For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down to eat in groups of about fifty each.” 15 They did so, and had them all sit down. 16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full. (Luke 9 NASB)
Jesus was on God-time, and so are we, as His followers. Our time does not belong to ourselves. I can be pretty stingy about my time, and Jesus has been showing me this is wrong. I have a purpose in this world, and so do my children and precious husband. God used this passage to teach me today to give all my time to Him, and trust Him to provide the down time that I need. I know He will. How about you? Do you live on God–time? Are you trusting Him with your time?