Thursday, January 22, 2009

Loaves and Fish, Days and Weeks

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food."

Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."

"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.

"Bring them here to me," he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. (Matthew 14:15-20 NIV)


As evening approached, I came to Jesus and said, "I don't remotely have enough time to get everything done this week. It's getting late. Please tell me which commitments to let go of! I know you brought these people and ministries into my life as a result of prayer, but it's obvious that I can't handle all of this. Can't someone else do it?"

Jesus replied, "The responsibilities I have ordained for you do not need to go away. You fulfill them."

"I have here only five weekdays and two weekend days," I answered.

"Bring them here to Me," He said. He directed me to sit at His feet. Taking the five weekdays and two weekend days, and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke them into moments. Then He gave them to me, and I gave them to my precious family as well as to the duties and ministries He has faithfully entrusted to me. Each obligation that week was fulfilled, each responsibility carried out with joy. And I found that I had some moments (and a little energy) left over!

Oh, what abundance we experience when we yield our moments and our days to the One Who spoke them into being! The touch of Jesus is all it takes to transform "meager" into "bountiful." Let's go before Him today, offering Him our loaves and fish-- the days and weeks that we clutch in our baskets, which so often don't seem like enough. He will take them, bless them, and make them enough to satisfy His perfect will... feeding and nourishing all- including us! When I relinquish all I have to Him, I can be certain that what He places back into my hands will be more than sufficient to accomplish His purposes.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21

(Originally posted at the Internet Cafe, April 20, 2007)


Mindy said...

Beautiful post! I love this and need this since I'm feeling way behind playing catch up....

LOVE the new look on your blog!
Hope you are all well!
in HIM -


wow I needed to read this today. Thank so much! Jean Wise

Sharen Watson said...

What a relevant post! I take this word to heart myself, and I'm going to spread the news of this post too. Thank you.

Johnnie said...

Jeanie recommended your post and I'm so glad I clicked on the link. Though overwhelmed with projects that need a-doin' I'm compelled to pause and thank God for every one of them.

Thank you, too, for such a beautiful expression of God's multiplication of time into precious moments.

(Also a Kindred Heart Writer*)

Daisy said...

This. Is. Just. What. I. NEEDED! :) :) A huge thanks for posting this!! God bless you!

Kelly said...

I am learning a lot about yielding to Him right now.. Thank you for these beautiful words.