TUESDAY, MARCH 10
When Jesus saw his mother…
John 19:26 (NLT2)
Would you have blamed Jesus if He didn’t notice who was standing nearby? His mind is weary from a night without sleep. His eyes are filled with blood and sweat. In the middle of His pain, Jesus locks eyes with his mom and sees the pain in her eyes. He knows that she will need care after He is gone. This wasn’t the only time that Jesus stopped abruptly to notice someone.
The crowds were pressing in, and the disciples were pushing people away. A woman who had been suffering for twelve years touched his cloak and finds healing. After sensing the power come out of Him, Jesus stopped and asked who touched Him. Was He angry because touching the woman would have made Him ritually unclean? Was He frustrated? Nope. He was interested. He wanted to know the woman’s name. But more than her name, He wanted to hear her story. All of it.
“She came shaking with fear and knelt down in front of Jesus. Then she told him the whole story.” (Mark 5:33 CEV). After seeing her faith and hearing her heart, He decides to call her “Daughter” (Mark 5:34 CEV). To Jesus, she was now family. In a matter of minutes, Jesus restored her dignity and forever changed her destiny. Why? Because love notices.
Which loved one in your life deserves more of your focused attention? What steps do you need to take to ensure that you hear what they are saying and notice what they are feeling? Also, think about those you interact with daily that you may not know well. What is one thing you can do to ensure that you notice the people God puts in your path?