9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
Jesus response to the death of John was to get alone with the Father, He withdrew into quiet solitude. During sorrow we withdraw, but often we just withdraw into ourselves just us and our hurts. Jesus took His sorrow to His Father, He went to a solitary place, a place we seem to want to avoid, yet we frequently find God in the silence and solitude. Jesus intentionally got alone with the Father using a boat. I like that because in the pain we need to get out of and get into. What is your boat, your vessel to transport you to the heart of solitude with the Father? Is it time to get into and get away from?
Jesus does not have long alone, when He lands He sees a large crowd, notice His response was not one of annoyance but compassion. He healed their sick yet the disciples wanted to send the people away “Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away” When we get empty we want to send people away, we stop seeing people through the eyes of compassion, we stop focusing on their needs and we start focusing on the problems. Our conclusion stop serving, send people away, but the people were hungry they needed compassion. Are you empty trying to feed others? You will never be able to feed others from a place of emptiness. Jesus is the one who fed the crowd and when they were finished eating they were full and there were leftovers! He told the crowd to sit down to be still. He longs to fill you, are you willing to sit down with Him? As you feed others ask yourself the question have you eaten today?
Sandwiched between sorrow and service is silence and stillness with God!
Are you running on empty? Is it time to get Alone with God?