I made it through another round of layoffs at work.  This one hit my boss’s boss’s area, and required each manager to cut one person.  I lost some good friends.

The company is still looking to fill some openings at the same time.  They send out urgent requests, generally for some specialized skill set (whether technical, financial, or other).  One of the key phrases I look for is “Able to handle multiple conflicting priorities”, and I stay far from those jobs.  I think it’s code for “You’re gonna get bombarded even before you get started, and then it goes downhill”.

I thought of that phrase when I read about Jesus in Matthew.  From what I can see, this all happened on the same day.

John’s disciples came to find out if Jesus was the Expected One (11:2-6) (this is a paraphrase – all the rest are from the NASB)

As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John (11:7-19)

Then He began to denounce the cities (11:20-24)

At that time Jesus said (11:25-30)

At that time, Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath (12:1-8)

Departing from there, He went into their synagogue (12:9-14)

But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there.  Many followed Him, and He healed them all (12:15-21)

Then a demon-posessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him (12:22-37)

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him (12:38-45)

While He was still speaking to the crowds (12:46-50)

That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea (13:1-35)

Then He left the crowds and went into the house (13:36-52)

When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there (13:53-58)

Whew!  Talk about multiple conflicting priorities!

Well, no, not at all.  Jesus was doing the will of the Father.  In that will He found perfect peace and rest.  What an example!