No Cry Unheard

"And when a convenient day was come,
that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords,
high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced,
and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel,
Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me,
I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask?
And she said, The head of John the Baptist ....

And immediately the king sent an executioner,
and commanded his head to be brought:
and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel:
and the damsel gave it to her mother.
And when his disciples heard of it,
they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus,
and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
And he said unto them,
Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while:
for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
And the people saw them departing, and many knew him,
and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.
And Jesus, when he came out,
saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them,
because they were as sheep not having a shepherd:
and he began to teach them many things.”
Mark 6: 21-34

During a rather busy time in the Le Bail family with more that our fair share of distractions, I appeared to go off track for a while. Every time I sat down to do something I had planned I was waylaid and had to attend to something else. This got a bit frustrating at times but each distraction warranted my attention and each demand on my time was attended as well as possible – I think!

It is amazing just how quickly we go off the road we intended to travel, and how quickly we are distracted. You only have to be a Mum reading this with little ones demanding your attention to know exactly what I’m saying. You really need a little bit of time alone, or you really would like to get that job done but something crops up and your quiet time or that important job goes on the back burner – again!

Throughout that particular busy time in our lives I was impressed by the wonderful fact that the dear Lord Jesus was never taken by surprise by unexpected things coming His way. He never seemed to be too busy to make time for yet another poor soul in genuine need.

My mind goes to the account of the beheading of John the Baptist. It had been a busy time for Jesus and His disciples and this dreadful news came to them about this great man. How could such a terrible thing happen to this man of God? It must have seemed that their world had been crushed! It was time to come aside and take time to rest and refresh; for they needed this so much. The Lord Jesus probably needed to have a time of quiet contemplation also but this was not to be as stated in the above reading.

There didn’t seem to be any place where He could go where the people wouldn’t find Him. Perhaps this of all times He could have insisted on having some time out but He didn’t. There in that place where His disciples thought they would ‘rest’ a crowd had gathered to see and hear Him for themselves. When He saw them He had compassion on them because of their great need, and He taught them in order to satisfy the hunger they all had in their souls.

Somehow the Lord made up for the rest His disciples seemed to need at the time and He even found strength in the very fact that there were all these people with a hunger for His word.

Somehow it seems like everybody’s needs were met that day!

I am especially comforted to remember that the Man who met everyone’s need in this account in the Bible is the very same Man who is able to sustain all those who trust in Him today. He never changes: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Heb 13:8. He is never too busy to attend to your needs. Nothing is too small for His attention and while He may be busy upholding the universes, and making sure stars don’t collide, and the seasons on earth come at their appointed time, He always has time for His children.

You are not to small and insignificant for His care.

To the Lord there is no person unimportant, no need insignificant, and no cry unheard. ♥♥