Daily Inspiration: What Jesus Did with His Downtime 4
March 26, 2020, 4:00 AM

Matthew 14:13

Now when Jesus heard [that his cousin John had been beheaded by Herod], he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself.

 

Thought for Today

How are you feeling about all that is going on in the world today? There are many things to be anxious about: the virus; the stock markets; your job; helping with your children’s distance learning. There is a lot to be frustrated by, too: ; the inability to go out; internet connections; working from home. Sometimes our emotions in times like this can get mixed together and confusing. You find yourself surprised by your reactions to things. Getting angry or sad all of a sudden. One of the things that Jesus did when His emotions were intense or tangled was to take time away to process His emotions. When He heard that His cousin, John the Baptist, was killed by Herod the tetrarch, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place. He needed time apart to sort through His feelings, process His emotions, and find His equilibrium again. The events of the world are often beyond our control and they bring on strong emotions. Take some time to process your emotions. What your feeling isn’t wrong. It is simply how you are feelings. As you sort out feelings, acknowledge them and then take them to God. Ask Him to help you make sense of your emotions and grant you patience with yourself as you work through them. This is what Jesus needed and why He was seeking time apart.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know all that is roiling around inside of me better than I do. Help me to understand what I am feeling and why I am feeling it. Lead me to a place of peace and rest in these difficult days. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Anything under God's control is never out of control. ― Charles Swindoll

 

Quote of the Day

Respect other people's feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them. ― Roy T. Bennett



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03-26-2020 at 10:03 AM
Joanne Barton -(Kalish)
Thank you, and Amen
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