Seeing better

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Matthew 8-10.

I need to read between the lines on this verse.

Jesus “sees” and then has compassion.

I can look at a crowd, but I can’t look at them the way Jesus did.  Why?  Jesus could see their lives.  I am not endowed with that gift.

I can, however, become aware of the neediness of folks.  How?  By getting to know them.  By listening to them.

Confiding in a total stranger is unlikely.  Confiding in someone who displays an interest in me is much more likely.

Too often I am full of myself.  I want others to know about me.  Yet am I willing, as Jesus was, to look at others.  To learn about others.

This really is something that I am badly qualified at: listening to acquire compassion.  I won’t be seeing and acquiring compassion, but I can listen and acquire………with God’s help.

“Lord, I want to get listening and acquiring compassion right.  I am desperate for Your Help.  Open my ears.  Open my listening skills.  Open my curiosity about other’s lives so that I can gain compassion for them.  Forgive me for being so “me” centered.  I beg for an awareness for the lives of others.  I beg for an overflow of Godliness that provides help for the needy.  Lord, I am weak.  You are strong.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

I must do a better job of “seeing” others.


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