Surviving a Bad Day —  March 9, 2013
Jesus had one of those. (based on Mathew 14)

Surviving a Bad Day

Jesus had one of them. Based on Mathew 14

1. His cousing is killed. 14:12 “John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.”

2. He has to preach/work/heal all day, no time to grieve. 14:13 “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”

3. He was a victim of mistaken identity, by his own friends. 14:25 “Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.”

So, what can we learn?
1. Life doesn’t stop when pain arrives. The sun rises. Work won’t wait. People need you. Two times in the story we see Jesus trying to get away for some “alone time”. Sometimes that’s exactly what we need.

2. People can be insensitive, clingy, interested only in their needs. Jesus loved them anyway. It should have been obvious (it actually was!) to the disciples what kind of pain he was in, yet all they cared about was what He could do for them. This is hard to understand, but sometimes people care more about themselves than your pain.

3. Find solace in prayer, find purpose in ministry, find God in your pain. Great pain usually give way to great miracles. We see in this story, how in the midst of pain, God performed several miracles. People were healed. Multitudes were fed. A storm was calmed. You even had a water walking disciple. God is present in your pain, and your miracle is coming. Will you connect with Him today?

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