Pretzels and Goldfish crackers

I have told the story of the feeding of the 5,000 many, many times in my life.  Since I was usually with a group of preschoolers, I did my best to make the story come to life.  So, I would walk through the "crowd" and hand out pretzels and goldfish crackers, the closest to loaves and fish a preschooler is gonna get!  I always loved not just telling stories, but re-enacting them; being as creative as possible to try to make the stories real.  And yet, as I read that story in our chapter for today, I realized that it's really hard to get my brain around 5,000 people being fed with 5 loves of bread and 2 fish.  That's just mind-boggling to me.  

In contrast, I look at the end of this chapter and read how the disciples were still not getting it all-they were forgetting miracles and not grasping a complete understanding of who Christ really was. And I think "how could you watch Jesus feed 5,000 people, drive out demons and constantly heal the sick and not get Him?"  You were there in the middle of it all!  

Hmmmm...how many times has God worked miracles in my life and yet the next time there's a struggle, a challenge, an obstacle, worry and doubt rush in and wipe my memory of those moments when Jesus' power was so evident?  Am I not then so different from the disciples?  My cabinets have been sparse, yet with a prayer and a little creativity I've made some of my finest meals.  What was coming into the checking account didn't match what needed to go out and yet, bills were paid and the family was cared for.  At our first ultrasound with Ethan (at only 7 weeks) we were told that the baby had stopped developing for some reason and as tears welled up and I prayed, the doctor moved the u.s. wand to show us something else and he & Darin noticed a "spot" which turned out to be our Ethan.  Jesus power is ever present in my life and in yours too. I am thankful today of those reminders.  

There is sooo much more we could look at in this chapter today, but I'd rather stop here and give you a chance to share--when was the power of Jesus remarkably evident and present in your life?

1 comment:

  1. When I had the opportunity to pray for Brandon through his coma and complete recovery.
    Now He's walking us through this time with Aaron beautifully. I got to pray over him again today.