For example, friends Susan and Jane see each other in the church foyer and have this conversation:
"Oh hi, Susan." Jane excuses her way past a few people until she stands by her friend.
"Hi, Jane." Susan barely eeks out a smile. Her eyes seems focused on some thought captivating her attention.
"Are you planning to attend the ladies' retreat? It's this Saturday, and there'll be loads of chocolate, you know."
"I'm not sure. Can I think about it? I'm sorry. I need to go." Susan walks away.
Jane had no idea Susan had something bothering her. This is understandable since she didn't know what was happening in Susan's life.
Sometimes the primary thought in our mind blocks the ability to consider the cues revealing a need given by a person we know.
Consider the need:
A mother learns the different cries of her baby. One sound indicates discomfort, another a need for sleep, another for hunger, and another to be held/touched. She is able to sense the correct answer because she has a close relationship with her little one.
Jesus understood the needs of those He met.
*For the woman at the well He knew she wanted water but needed living water, so He spent time with her at the well .
*For His disciple Peter, Jesus knew Peter needed to have the opportunity to demonstrate his faith, so He let Peter walk on water.
*For the children, Jesus called them to His side when others tried to send them away, then listened to boys and girls.
*For the five thousand, Jesus knew their hunger and fed them with a few fish and loaves of bread.
There are so many more examples.
Jesus also considers our needs, knowing when to allow moments to teach, rest, etc, and expects us to do the same for others.
What could Jane have done for Susan in the above example? Well she still wouldn't have known Susan's needs at the time, but maybe later in the day she could ______________ (you fill in the blank)
When addressing a need, focus only on the need.
Do not get sidetracked by other issues.
May this day be one that makes you smile, brings sunshine to your part of the world, give you an opportunity to show consideration for someone in need, and give you rest at the end of a satisfying day. Feel free to stop back to tell others who are here about your day. I'd love to rejoice with you or pray as is needed.