You see a small child sitting in the middle of the Target aisle. Hunched in a ball, his knees at his chin, his little fists are rubbing his teary eyes. He’s lost. You can feel how scared his heart is. You protectively kneel next to him, one arm on his shoulder, while someone sends a message out on the PA system.
The woman in front of you in the check-out line looks like she hasn’t slept in days. You see her tears threatening to spill over onto her cheeks. The child sitting in her cart doesn’t stop crying. And then the clerk says she is $17.53 short. You reach in and give the clerk a $20 bill.
You are excited to talk about vacation plans with your husband. But he gets home from work and you can tell it’s been a rough day. He has spent every ounce of energy slaying the dragon for the last 10 hours. So you significantly reduce the number of words you use that evening, pay special attention to his sighs, and vacation doesn’t come up.
You saw the need.
You felt the need.
You met the need.
This is what Jesus does, too. It is spelled out in Matthew 14:14…
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd,
He had compassion on them
and healed their sick.”
Oh, to know that Jesus just doesn’t deliver a solution. He sees what we need, and then feels our heartache, our whispered prayers, our desires. And then He meets those needs, as only Jesus can do.
Isn’t it amazing that we serve a God who knows us personally? A God who knows our heart. He celebrates our joys with us and cares about our disappointments. We do not serve a God who is simply responding to our needs because it’s part of his job description.
We are loved by a God who cares about every detail of our life, passionately.
Jesus sees your need.
Jesus feels your need.
Jesus meets your need.