Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lent Day #17 - Mark 6:30-44

This post is one in a series of reflections for Lent.  I invite you to go back and read the previous reflections.

Jesus and the disciples are trying to escape for a little solitude.  The people happen to see them and begin to follow them.  Jesus is moved because the people look like sheep without a shepherd.  So he stops and gets out to teach them.

As the day begins to draw to a close the disciples become a little concerned.  They are in the middle of nowhere, and these people are going to need to eat.  They tell Jesus to send them away so that they can get something to eat.  Jesus' answer is awesome, "you feed them".  The disciples answer is a little depressing when you think of all the amazing things that they have done or seen Jesus do since following his call.  They can't understand how they could feed so many people.  It would take so much money to buy enough to feed all of these people.  They only have five loaves and 2 fish.  Jesus tells them to have the people sit down, and then he blesses the food.  He begins to break the bread and fish, and the disciples pass the food to the people.  The people were not just feed, but they had all that they wanted to eat.  They were filled to capacity.  The disciples begin to gather up the left overs.  When they have gathered it all up, there is one basket for each one of the disciples.  Can you imagine how they must have felt as they gazed into those baskets of left overs?

How much has God already done for us?  Why do we stress?  Why do we worry?  He has fulfilled our needs in the past, and he has promised to stay faithful.  Trust him.  Everything that we need, we find in God.  He is our sustainer.  I do not want to be caught staring into a basket of left overs.  I pray that God would give me the faith to trust him more and more each day.  I pray that he will help me with my unbelief.

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