Crowds followed Jesus wherever He went. Some loved the way He spoke, with authority but without shattering their ear drums. He didn’t demand attention. He didn’t insult or bully people into listening to Him.
Jesus’ listeners heard something in His words. They said, “Never has a man talked like this man talks.” (John 7:46) They loved His words so much they missed meals and slept overnight in fields without their toothbrushes and pyjamas.
Others followed him because He healed their diseases. Healing is second nature to Jesus. He didn’t make a big show of making sick people well. In fact, He often told those on the receiving end of a miracle to keep quiet about it. He didn’t want them organizing parades in His honour.
This amazing man, Jesus, doesn’t walk on people’s feelings. If a person has reservations about who He is, wonders if He really is the Son of God and how this could possibly be, He allows them to sit and think about Him.
In quietness He works behind the scenes of creation. Eugene Peterson writes, “He provides everything from food for the sparrow to forgiveness for the sinner.”
Right now, He’s working in ways we can’t see to bring about His best plan for us. We mustn’t worry if we can’t hear, feel or see Him at work. His quiet ways can go unnoticed for a long time.
Eventually though, we will look back and see He was there all the time gently weaving our short stories into His ETERNAL story.