At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.
It takes being at the bottom before you realize how much you need a Higher Power. When you are at the top it is difficult to be aware that you truly need God. It would seem that people who are wealthy, healthy and powerful would think that they are just fine and need no one’s help (remember Jesus saying how hard it was for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God?). They many times become attached to their power, possessions and prestige. But the crowds who were following Jesus knew they needed help. They were not blinded by their attachments. Many were sick and in need of healing. They were “troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.” Who is your shepherd? Who is leading you in your life’s journey? Is it you…your own ego? Is it your motivation to climb up the career or societal ladder? Or is your shepherd Jesus? Sometimes it takes being “troubled and abandoned” before we will let go of our attachments to things that won’t last or save us (make us whole)…and turn to the Shepherd who will rescue us every time.
Suggested song of the day—“I Will Give You Rest” on the Live to Love album.
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