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My Little Lunch

I wish I were an artist.  Here’s what I would draw:  A close-up of a boy shyly holding out a small basket, offering it to Jesus, who reaches out to receive it with a twinkle in His eye and a smile on his face.  He says, “Sonny, thank you for giving me your lunch.  But just wait till you see what I do with it!”   Later, he runs home shouting, “Mom, you know that lunch you sent with me?  You’ll never believe….!”

This reminds me of our granddaughter Emmeline who went home to heaven three months ago.  Late last year, she responded to a challenge:  What would you do if you received $50 and would seek to multiply it as Jesus did with the loaves and the fish? Emmeline responded with an essay saying that she would buy materials to make cards (which she loved to do), sell them, and send the money to a missionary family in need. She was then chosen as one to receive the money. In the next couple of months she had doubled her investment. 

Em w money loaves & fishes

As her health deteriorated and she was unable to keep up making all the cards, people from all over the world learned about her project and began sending money– usually one dollar bills, and a few 5s , 10s, and 20s and an occasional check—to put into her “Loaves and Fishes” fund.  By the time Emmeline was in the arms of Jesus, the fund had grown to $9,000.  She was just a conduit of God’s grace.  Those who gave and those who received were privileged and blessed. 

Yesterday I read through a bulletin which mentioned many different things God’s people are doing/offering around the world.  Any one of these might seem so inadequate compared to the great needs, but each one is an important part of one beautiful tapestry God is weaving now that we’ll see someday.

So today I give my little lunch, my loaves and fishes, as I answer some e-mails, make reports, mentor someone, help a neighbor…  I have no idea how God will use these things.  That will be seen in heaven.

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

Food for Thought from the 5000

So many precious gems are buried in the story of the feeding of the 5000              (Mt 14:13-21, Jn. 6:1-13,  etc.) . Among them:

1. Jesus’ grief for John’s death was eclipsed by his concern for those people and their needs. Jesus met all their needs.

Application: I should focus on others’ needs rather than on my own needs or feelings as a rule. (Not to deny them, of course).

2. Jesus always seems to do things in a way that surprised people. He lived in the reality of truth and power unseen and untapped by them.

Application: That truth and power are available to me. God wants me to use them and live in/by them. My life can/should be far from ordinary.

3. Jesus always knows what he’s going to do to solve a problem, but he presents it to us (as to Andrew) to test our faith.

Application: When a problem comes up, I must not panic or despair but submit it to him in faith and wait for him to act.

4. God takes ordinary things and uses them to do amazing things—if we give them to him (cf. Moses’ rod, Gideon’s trumpets, etc.)

Application: Lord, here I am and all I have. Please use me and mine to accomplish your amazing surprises! Smile

5. God will equip me for what he asks me to do—even the “impossible.”

Application: When God requires something hard or “impossible” of me, my response must be faith, submission & obedience (cf. Mary’s response to the angel)

6. The disciples ended up with lots more than they started with! In serving others, they were winners, too!

Additional from the feeding of the 4000, Mt. 15:32-28

7. The disciples said “Where in the world would we get enough?” Like it’s impossible so just forget it. They figure what they have isn’t worth mentioning. But Jesus gets personal: “How much food do you have?”

Application: When I‘m called on to help with a need/project that seems impossible, all God wants from me is what I have, and I must not demean or withhold that.

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