Jesus Followed

​“Mommy!! Mommy!!! Mommy!!!!” “I need you!” “Help me!” “pick me up!” “Carry me!” “Mom, I need you!” As moms of young children, we are constantly sought out and needed. We are constantly followed, prodded, touched and questioned. In addition to the needs, there are the fights that need intervention and the disobedience that needs to be addressed, never at an opportune time. Multiply this demand on your attention and time by the number of children you have and it can seem overwhelming. There are many days that it is simply impossible to get any alone time with God. ​
​This spring as I prayed in anticipation of my children being home from school all summer long, God gave me a vision. It was of Jesus being followed, and touched, and prodded, and questioned by CROWDS of people. All over the gospels we see this. Luke 8:41-47 and Matthew 21:12-14 are just a couple of examples of Jesus needing to pause from what He is on His way to do to help or discipline. My favorite example of Jesus being followed is Matthew 14:12-21. In Matthew 14:12 Jesus learns that John the Baptist has been killed. Matthew 14:13-14 tells us “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. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Jesus had every right to seek out God in that moment and desire to be alone, but instead of being annoyed at the crowd or asking them to leave Him alone, He had compassion on them. And do you know what happens in Matthew 14:15-21, after He welcomed the people into His “alone time”? The miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. How amazing… He had compassion on them instead of sending them away and as a result of HIS unselfish response to those who sought Him out, a miracle was witnessed.
​What teaching moments are we pushing away by getting frustrated with the constant needs of our children? What miracles might God be able to perform in our homes if we were more compassionate toward our children when they sought us out and less irritated by their never-ending demands of our time and energy? What if we saw the times our kids need discipline as opportunities rather than interruptions? What if we did what Jesus did and say, “Hey, I’m spending some time with God right now. Come and join me.” The love between God and His children is such a beautiful example to us of how we can relate to our own children. As we round the corner on summer vacation, let’s see our children’s pressing needs as opportunities to share God’s truth, love, grace and service to them.

2 thoughts on “Jesus Followed

  1. My daughter has young kids and wonders if anyone else feels this way! So thankful for this encouragement

  2. Evelyn Sanders-Burns

    Your welcome! We will keep encouraging as God gives us wisdom. Peace and Blessings to you and your family.

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