There is a story of Jesus, in Matthew 14, feeding thousands of people. Earlier, the disciples told Jesus to send the people home as it was getting late and they were hungry. But instead, Jesus does a miracle. What I find interesting is that, after dinner, Jesus sent them home anyway. So, why the miracle? If He was planning on sending them home after dinner, why not send them home before dinner? Was it just so he could show off? I think it was because of compassion.
Jesus cared about the people’s financial state. He cared about their hunger. He cared about them traveling on empty stomachs. He cared about these things more than He cared about the organizational complexity of feeding thousands of people. Compassion trumped complex every time with Jesus.
I love the phrase, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” I’m not a good “can’t be done” type person. If someone tells me something is impossible, I will make it my life mission to prove otherwise.
Why do we limit ourselves, and our God, by allowing the complexities of life to crowd out the miraculous?
This is what I’m going to do: start looking at every situation with the eyes of compassion. And then, when needs arrive, to have the boldness to say to those who would try to escape complexity; who desire to keep things too neat, tidy, and simple, “that’s not necessary…let’s do something about the need.”
Life is too short to play it safe, to hedge our bets, to live a life of ease. Sacrifice and servanthood are two of the immediate responses of people who have true compassion. Jesus always seemed to choose the harder path. I seem to choose the easier one. I need His help today to lay my life down, to think big, to see every situation in light of His greatness and all-sufficiency.