When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
Do you ever have those days where you just can’t escape? No matter how hard you try, one interruption follows another. Screaming toddlers, unexpected phone calls, flat tires—we’ve all been there. In Mark 6:34, Jesus is sailing with His disciples for some much-needed respite. But as He arrives on the shores of what was meant to be a quiet place, hundreds of people are already waiting for Him. They interrupt His dinner; they selfishly dog His heals; and they won’t give Him a moment’s rest. But how does He respond to them? With compassion. That is remarkable! For Jesus, the Good Shepherd, people are not inconveniences to ministry but invitations to ministry.
What are people to you?
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.