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Thursday, May 31, 2018

{ No Thanks }

Did you happen to see this little "sign" that I posted on Facebook and Instagram yesterday?


Just a short time after I posted that I picked up my Journey to read the devotion for the day, but actually was a day behind. God must have had that planned all along.....
for me to be a day behind, I mean.....
because the lesson learned went right along with the little sign above.  The "extra" reading led me to Matthew, Chapter 14, verses 22 and 23. Verse 23 just kinda jumped off the page  - but let's back up first and see what was happening. Jesus had just received word that John the Baptist had been beheaded and He wanted to be alone in His grief.

verse 13 - "As soon as Jesus heard the news, He left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. 
But "the crowds" (large group of people - isn't God amazing?) heard where He was headed and followed on foot from many towns."

In the next verses, we read the miracle of Jesus feeding the crowd of 5,000 men (plus the women and children) with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  

Then, comes verse 23.....

"After sending them home (the crowd of people), 
He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. 
Night fell while He was there alone."

Jesus needed time to Himself!
He understands that I'm an introvert and how I can often get anxious around people (more with folks that I know than strangers) and I crave time alone.

Jesus gets me!
Because He made me!

I love how He took me from the little humorous sign that holds so much truth about my personality into His word where He spoke His love into my heart!

Ain't God good?
Oh, yes He is!!!


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8 comments:

  1. Amen, we all need alone time. I love this post, Debbie! It is amazing how God speaks to us, we just need to be still and listen.

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  2. I love it when God does stuff like that. That is just so awesome.

    I used to love to be with people a lot, but as I grow older, I crave some alone time and/or time with my hubby. Being with him, doing something or doing nothing is my favorite thing.

    Hope you have a great day!!

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  3. The sign gave me a chuckle. Lots of people who don't like crowds. Many of my friends are like that.
    Yes, God is good.

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  4. A no thanks...

    I like that!!

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  5. Yes, He does 'get us', doesn't he! (Statement, not a question.) I don't like crowds either, but crowds of strangers bothers me more than a crowd of friends and family. Good post!!

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  6. Big smiles. Have a great Thursday.

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  7. Yes, Jesus, in His humanity, needed time to refuel, recharge, and pray...and spend time alone with His heavenly Father. We need the same thing. Jesus knew this, and set the example for us to follow, because He knew we'd need to know.

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