…nothing…but five loaves and two fish. Matthew 14:3-21 Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones, but I can remember days just like this. Except, in my house it was more like five slices of bread and two pieces of chicken! Okay – perhaps a bit exaggerated, but I will say that to this day I rarely order chicken when eating out. Nevertheless, there were times when things did get quite tight, but by the grace of God, we’ve never gone hungry. Jesus, even in his despair over John’s death has compassion for a crowd that longs to be fed. He will not send them away as his disciples suggest, merely out of their own limitation. The disciples don’t yet understand that to walk in the presence of God is to already be full. Jesus demonstrates that by lifting up our heart, hands, voice and all that we have in thanksgiving and praise, our limitations are transformed into sufficient abundance. To withdraw when in despair is a natural human response, yet a loving God calls us back that we may be filled and strengthened by his grace, knowing that through Christ we move forward and through Christ we have everything we need.
As I watch Orpheus, my Italian Greyhound eat his food I notice that he meticulously picks over the bits in order to eat the kibbles. I wonder if all dogs do this. He eventually goes back to eat the bits I suppose because he is either still hungry and realizes he’s not getting anything else until the bowl is empty, or he figures he may as well eat them since they are just sitting there. He doesn’t have the capacity to throw them out although on occasion he has spit the bits out onto the floor to which he later returns to eat. Now I don’t know which are the kibbles and which are the bits, but it’s the soft chewy ones that occasionally end up on the floor. Sometimes we treat life exactly like Orpheus treats his food. The things in life that we like we keep and other things in life we wish we could get rid of we often just toss aside and hope they just go away but they never do. Sooner or later we have to deal with it because somehow or another it is part of what sustain us. I suppose it’s important to remember that what God gives is always good. Sometimes it’s kibbles and other times it’s bits. Either way by God’s grace all of it has one purpose; God’s purpose. So, blessings to all and enjoy the weekend! Remember to go forth into the world thanking God for the kibbles and the bits, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
If we begin to attribute our failure or success to others, we essentially give power and authority to someone other than God. If someone takes credit for our failure or success they are essentially elevating themselves over God. Everything happens for a reason. For those who believe, God has a purpose for our lives and it does not depend on what others can or can not – will or will not do. Know who you are in Christ and give credit where credit is due.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalm 146:3-4 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.
Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.