At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news to the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent” (Luke 4:42-43).

Some days, 24 hours feels like too much to handle. Some days 24 hours seem to speed by.  I’ve found that when I sway between that time warp, it’s often because I’m trying to jump ahead of a schedule. Sometimes I lag because I’m afraid or dread facing something or someone. Both patterns can become unhealthy until I remind myself to be in the moment.

In Luke 4:42-43, Jesus sought solstice. Perhaps He needed preparation for His next assignment. Maybe He needed space to recharge. Following a lengthy string of miracles, Jesus was completing His work for that town and moving toward the next synagogue. However, the townspeople had other expectations for Jesus. They wanted Him to stay to heal additional sick and suffering folk.

Jesus understands there will always be poor and injured people on earth. He recognizes that He’s to proclaim God’s love wherever He goes. He’s to live Truth for whatever time frame God chooses. I see Jesus as a traveling journalist for God. He reports the Good News and headlines the kingdom of God. He has newsworthy stories to cover and assigns His leads to other following journalists. We are commissioned to feature His trending news.

Like Jesus, I will always have more messages, tasks, thoughts and learning than I can handle alone. I need to remain on call for what God wants me to report. Jesus teaches me to follow His discernment between breaking news and braking views. When I cover life with blends of advancing and retreating, I find that 24 hours is exactly what I need.

Editing and recreating my daily outlines around the lily pad,


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