Someone always wanted information or help from Jesus. Imagine how tired, hungry, and maybe even a bit grumpy he might have been but still managed to be a representative of God’s love.
Sometimes our days go like that. We start out on a mission and become sidetracked by people who need to talk, need something, or just have a question, but it turns into a “therapy” session. I tend to be patient during these types of encounters, but it is difficult to muster up niceness when tired. But, it’s worth an Academy Award for best actor or actress when we actually help someone, even when inconvenient in our schedule.
Many years ago I tried to get in and out of the grocery store quickly to drive my daughter to a ball game. An elderly man followed me around and kept talking about his son coming home to visit. I tried to ignore him by giving him short, almost curt, answers, but perhaps the Holy Spirit nagged at me, and I stopped shopping, leaned against my cart, and listened to him tell a story about how he and his son had been estranged since his wife died. “What shall I do?” he asked. I said, “Just open your arms. listen to him, and love him.”
Lord, when someone needs to talk, help us be patient and engaging. Amen.