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When you think about President’s Day, it’s easy to picture the President in a place of prestige and power. But it’s really so much more. The President is the ultimate public servant. Not all Presidents embrace that, but it is the ideal for a democracy. And if the President should see him/herself as a servant, how much more should we.
Picture a young boy with a simple lunch his mom had packed for him earlier in the morning — five pieces of pita bread and two smoked fish. The little boy is off to find Jesus at the Sea of Tiberias — he, and at least 5,000 others.
The boy arrives and finds a place up at the front near Jesus. He must have been near enough to overhear Jesus ask his disciples how they planned on feeding the multitude. Jesus brought it up. His heart was going out to the people who had nothing to eat. If the disciples had a heart, they weren’t listening to it, because they didn’t have a solution. There was no grocery store in sight and no time to travel to town to find one. They were in denial. Surely the little boy knew his little lunch was hardly adequate to fulfill the needs of that many, but still, he gave what he had to Jesus. He had the right heart.
So, Jesus took the little boy’s lunch, blessed it, and right there in the wilderness, He turned the five pitas and two fish into one of the greatest Passover feasts ever, with second servings and leftovers to collect.
Now there is an alternative to this little boy’s story. Practicality tells us that he could have been moved to respond to the pressing need, but logically recognized, like the disciples, that his resources were sorely lacking. He could have reasoned that it would be better for at least one person not go hungry, and have hidden in a corner, secretly munching his lunch.
But the little boy didn’t steal away and care only for himself. Rather, he turned to the Lord and asked Him to do whatever He wanted to do with whatever he had to give. And then he stood back and watched the Lord perform miracles all around him – through that little lunch his mom made for him, and his willingness to have his heart broken, he got to play a small part in a big miracle.
We who know Jesus Christ as the Lord of all Lords, the Christ in flesh and blood, the holy Messiah — we know Him as the Jesus who died to forgive all of us. We know the experience of grace that upended all the stupid things we have done and are doing; we know the intervening of his love to us, the loveless.
Looking around our cyber-world of fellowship, it is obvious that each of us has little in hand, causing you and me to ask each other, “Do we have what it takes to have our hearts broken by the things that break His heart?”
You are more than welcome to take the grace that has been given to you into your private corner. It was given freely.
You are also welcome to join the Catch Ministry’s body of Christ as we allow our hearts to be broken over what breaks the heart of Christ, and defy logic and reason for His amazing gift of grace to you and to me, and invite others to join us through, and on, to the other side of the cross, where reconciliation lives. That’s where we find the miracle of grace turned outwards.
What miracle awaits out of that little lunch you packed earlier in the day? Whatever you have been given is for you … and everyone else!
Today was another one of those occasions where God used something that was not a coincidence to say something. I was sitting in a restaurant reading today’s Catch when the song playing there was “Be Thankful for What you Got” It was a remake of the Willaim DeVaughn song from the early 70’s, now done by Lucky Daye and others. I knew God was saying something and later on re-reading this story it hit me. Before the miracle, Jesus gave thanks. No one had been fed yet, there still wasn’t enough food, but Jesus was giving thanks! What a lesson that we could easily miss. While others give thanks after a miracle Jesus did it first. I would love to conclude my story by saying a miracle happened to me today but what I will say is today Jesus taught me by example to be Thankful for what I got.
Before a gig, I would ask God to break my heart for those who would attend. Then I would prepare our song sets; the songs and the order. Every day, before I went to work at the high school, I would pray for God to break my heart for the students; everyone that would be involved in the incidents I would face. The days I neglected to do so were horrible, though salvageable after getting in line with Him. I would pray for those who would read my devotionals and participate in my bible studies as church Youth Director and CMA Chaplain; that my material and questions were led by The Spirit. I don’t have those audiences anymore, and, Lord forgive me, I fail to pray like that now. Thank you for the reminder I needed. Now matter how small I think my audience is now…they matter and deserve respect and prayer…starting in my home…with my best friend…my husband.
That great story of Jesus feeding so many is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. So true one must have faith when something might seem so little because it can grow leaps and bounds and just like the faith in God thru our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So many great examples in the Bible how important it is to have faith and the many who did. I hope millions will learn from that as much as they can.
While this child, in his innocence, may have been precocious or otherwise unafraid, I can’t help but think that there was a mom who prompted or permitted him to move forward to the Man.
LOL, never thought of that – yet agree!