Having Compassion: "When Jesus heard what happened to John, he withdrew by boat to a solitary place... When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd (who had followed him) he had compassion on them and healed their sick" Matthew 14: 13, 14. John the Baptist had just been beheaded, Jesus had just heard about it. I can't help but think that Jesus was contemplating His own death soon and feeling like He wanted to be alone. I know I would. His dear friend had just died, He wanted to go to "a solitary place" and took off in a boat alone. The crowd "followed him" to His solitary place with all their ailments and concerns, with their listening ears, longing to feed their souls from his counter-cultural comforting words. I can imagine how annoyed and angry I would be at their needs at that particular time, but instead, Jesus had "great compassion" on the crowd and forgoes his solitude to "heal their sick". One morning, when I had my day carefully planned out and I needed sleep to accomplish everything, but that night I was called upon by the Holy Spirit to visit a friend in need and comfort them in their situation. I went through the motions but I was upset that my routine had been disrupted. Why do we tell God to guide us and then resist Him when He does? Why do we tell God "use me please for your glory" and get upset when He tries? I may not have had my friend beheaded, but God should always have access to His professed followers to have great compassion on each other knowing God will fill us up as we do. My day ended up to be wonderful, other days it takes a toll, "but what does it matter, the important thing is, whether by false motives or true that Christ is preached and because of that I rejoice", should be our prayer. (Philippians 1:18).