When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were
harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Crowds of people without guidance! No spiritual direction!
I wonder how many in the crowd that day would have agreed with Jesus’ assessment of them. Not many I suspect.
Don’t most of us think we are quite capable of directing our own lives, thank you very much! We are in control. We know what we are doing!
Of course, very often things don’t seem to be working out very well for us. That’s ok. We can usually manage to find an outside explanation for that.
Interesting isn’t it?
Like men drivers! We are never really lost. We may have gone 100 miles in the wrong direction, but somehow it’s not our fault! We had a poor navigator beside us in the front seat! Sorry ladies.
Of course, we’re never at a loss for direction if we have a GPS. The receiver in the car simply picks up the satellite signal and we know where we are and can easily navigate anywhere we want to go.
You already know where I’m going with all of this. It’s about our need for a spiritual GPS to direct our lives.
Of course, that's our Teacher – the very one who makes the judgment about us that says we’re all lost without Him.
Are we picking up His signals?