January 22, 2019


Mark 1:35-39

When they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

—  Mark 1:37

In Ontario, where I live, there is lots of snow in January. One advantage to the snow is that it limits road construction. When the weather turns warmer, it seems we move right into a “Detour” season. When you leave your house in the morning, you have a plan and you think you know the roads you’ll be taking. Then a “Detour” sign pops up and takes you a different way.

I wonder if that is how the disciples felt that morning when they woke up and Jesus wasn’t in the house. They were probably planning on another day of walking with people and learning from Jesus as he interacted with them. A crowd had begun to gather in hopes of finding Jesus and asking him to help. Before long, it seemed everyone was looking for Jesus.

But Jesus had taken a detour. He knew that if you want to help others, you must first be equipped and prepared with the help of the Father. He knew he needed time away to be with his Father. He needed to refresh and refocus. Jesus also knew that his mission extended beyond the local crowd, so he traveled throughout the region to the streets of other towns.

Have you taken time to be with God today, to be refreshed and refocused in his presence? Could he be pointing to a detour?

Dear God, sometimes we are so busy that we forget to take time to be with you. Guide us to put you first in our lives. Keep us listening to your direction, and help us to be willing to take detours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Beth Fellinger

Beth Fellinger is the pastor of Destination Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. She and her husband have been involved in ministry in large urban centers and small rural communities. Beth has served in three church plants and a church rebirth as well as in established churches. She loves her children, their spouses, and grandchildren. She is a cancer survivor twice over and celebrates life every day. She believes strongly in the local church and what a church committed to Christ, missions, and its community can accomplish. She has an enthusiastic vision of how the church can reach out and share the good news of Jesus with others.

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