Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
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John boy has been doing a song a night in a short mini concert (15 min) every night this month. He chose the word Lonely and is doing a song either about loneliness or with the word lonely somewhere in the song. Last night, he and a friend, Kathryn, who plays cello, played a classical piece because the key it is written in is considered the loneliness key.
I have heard a lot of people say they are lonely or know people who are lonely, especially since this virus hit back at the end of March. I haven't been, but I know that lots have been.
I started thinking about whether or not Jesus was ever lonely. I don't think He was. He often tried to find a solitary place, or a lonely place, to go in order to get alone by Himself to talk to His Father. It was hard for Him sometimes, because the crowds were always trying to get close to Him. They needed healing, or needed to eat or just wanted to sit and listen to Him talk.
I don't blame them! I would have been right there shoving my way to the front....trying just to touch the hem of His cloak. I would have even tried to climb in the boat with Him when he got into one to teach the crowds because they were so close to Him he could barely move! I would have asked Him over and over again to give me that "living" water He was talking about in John 4:10.
I would have had my friends lower me through the roof of the house to get to him, since it was so crowded I wouldn't have been able to go through the front door. I would have been sitting right there beside the campfire as He cooked fish to feed His friends. I don't even like fish, but I would have eaten what HE had cooked.
I would have walked with Him and talked with Him and listened as He told me I was one of His own.
Well, then, why don't I do all this...every day? Why am I not trying my best to get as close to Him as I can get? Why am I not reaching out to touch the hem of His garment? Why am I not walking with Him and talking with Him? I don't have to ever be lonely if I am trying to get as close to Jesus every day as I can possibly get.
The good part is that I don't have to cut a hole in the roof and have my friends let me down to get to Him. All I have to do is say.....Jesus.
He is there. He is close. He is ready to heal. He is ready to feed me. He is ready to give me living water.