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Frustration Or Opportunity

By Don Loftis | 05.30.18

Mark’s Gospel account (chapter 6) records an amazing event in the ministry of Jesus.  A short time before, Jesus had sent the apostles on a limited mission to preach about the coming kingdom.  They have returned and have shared the details of their various encounters.  Things were so hectic that they did not even have time to eat.  Jesus told them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while.”  However, His plan did not work.  The crowds saw them getting in the boat, and they walked around the Sea of Galilee, meeting them at the shore just as they landed.


Lots of times our plans do not work out.  Vacations get cancelled, meals are burned or delayed.  Door bells and phone calls can change schedules in the matter of seconds.  We know the truth of Robert Burns’ famous  line: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”


Jesus could have ignored the crowds that met them, or “magically” transported His party to the serene mountain top.  However, He was moved with compassion and began teaching them.  He did not see them as pests to be dismissed, but as sheep needing to be directed.


Our challenge is to follow Jesus’ example of a caring ministry.  Every frustration and detour in life affords us a chance to engage people where they really are.  Schedules are not as important as the people we meet.  Our next interruption may be an opportunity to share Christ by word or action.  It may open the door to lead a lost soul to Jesus.  Behind every worldly frustration lies a door of opportunity opened by the Lord.



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