Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;… Psalm 1 This is where it all begins – Happiness. Yet who among us has not followed bad advice, taken a path we probably should not have taken, or sat in the scoffer’s seat? After we’ve done all these things what’s left? The spirit within that cries out. Like a parent to a child God answers with love and discipline. Then redeemed, we go forth and try again.
Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. Everybody wants something. Yet happiness isn’t about getting what you want. Happiness is about cherishing what you have. Jesus knew that the disciples believed that feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish would be difficult. Had Andrew not spotted the boy with this basket of food, surely the task would be impossible. “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” From the reading it’s obvious to me that the question Jesus asks of his disciples, is rhetorical. However, had I actually been there, my response probably would not have been much different from Philips. Today the question Jesus asks sounds a lot like the questions we ask of ourselves in many overwhelming situations; How, who, what, and where. We forget that we have Christ and through Christ all things are possible. Be happy today. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. Cherish who you are. Cherish what you have and know that the Lord provides abundantly.
As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me. Psalm 40