Mark 8: 17 To 21
17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied.
20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.”
21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
Last week I was contemplating these verses. These are quite straightforward incidents and teachings, but I was sure that these verses wanted to convey something very special to me.
One of the hardest burdens to bear is being misunderstood by people who are really close to us. All of us at one point or another has experienced, looking into the eyes of our loved one and seeing that he or she simply does not understand what are we doing or saying. They take the exactly opposite sense of what we intend to. Unfortunately, we all do the same to each other, we don’t try to actually understand other person. We are too quick to judge because it’s much easier.
Since last one month, I was going through a similar situation with one of my known. I was not getting a clue, why this person started behaving distant and weird all of a sudden. I was clueless that what have I done, or said. Tried to solve the situation somehow, but all was in vain. That person already had some presumptions which was not clearing the dark cloud of misunderstanding. This was hurting me, after few days I got frustrated and tensed, it was evoking a strange feeling within me. Then these verses started talking to me and to my feelings! It was so crystal clear.
How many times have I misunderstood my heavenly father? Every moment of my life when He tries to make me understand something profound and precious about my eternal life, I am stuck with my bread-butter issues like lack of bread, no bread, my bread compared with others, my concerns most of the time revolves around this bread. He tries to explain through situations or human interventions, but I would be still on what I want to hear and not necessarily what He wants to say.
None of us is an angel. Although we all strive to be one. So being human, all of us have faults.Forgive other’s follies sincerely as our Father in Heaven has forgiven ours and move on.
In this journey, listen to Him closely to understand Him clearly.
Don’t make Him ask this question again and again ““Do you still not understand?”
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