John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. (Matthew 14:12, 13 NIV)
Scanning social media, does not take long to see hurting situations. Miracles are needed minute by minute, untimely deaths to deaths of saints lived longevity of life. Thoughts are heavy hearted as I write for a family we’ve known through school, our children together since kindergarten, now in 10th grade. A classmate/friend of my middle child passed away yesterday. Terrible sadness, asking all prayer warriors to pray for his twin brother and family. Whatever is going on in our lives, scripture is nutrients when all else is bland. When John the Baptist died, Jesus felt this same sadness. A strong point stands out to encourage us today.
As Jesus retreated by boat to a solitary place, seems his intentions were to be alone. However, a crowd followed him to this remote location. If this was us, we may lock the doors and avoid all people. Jesus had compassion on them and began healing their sick. Not only healing their sick, he performed one of the greatest miracles, feeding 5,000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish. This is a story well known, yet, never realized the timing when Jesus was mourning John the Baptist’s death.
When I was 15, one of my close friends was killed in a car crash. This was the first close death I experienced, and sat up all night stunned. My parents could not believe I did not awaken them. Death is a cold reality of knowing we will never see our loved one again, this side of Heaven. It’s vital to make sure we live our lives, pleasing to Jesus to make sure we see our loved ones in Heaven. I do not have all the answers to how we will know or how it will be…when it’s our time, we just want to be there, too. In the meantime, let’s look for miracle giving opportunities.