Updated: Aug 18
5 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” [Matthew 14:15-16]
The disciples had already organized a plan of action. The day is waning, and hunger is setting in, so let’s call it a day Jesus. Of course, they disguised their concern about their own hunger in the hunger of others. They were in a food desert where food was not available at the time and so it was time to send the crowd to their homes. But Jesus saw another teaching opportunity for as Jesus said to the tempter, “One does not live by bread alone.” “They need not go away; YOU give them something to eat,” said Jesus. The disciples had a quick and probably confused response, “But we have nothing to here but five loaves and two fishes.” How often do we believe we have nothing to give? How often are we afraid to share what we have with others? We only have enough for ourselves! Scarcity governs our actions, while Jesus leans into abundance. What if everyone there stopped holding out and hanging on to what they had and shared it with others? What might happen if everyone in that crowd or around the globe started sharing what they had with others? Can you imagine the miracles that would take place? Let go of scarcity and begin to lean into abundance this week and let’s see what happens!
Holy One, I admit I hold out and hang on to what I have, always fearing that I may not have enough. Help me to loosen my grip and lean into your Spirit of abundance that can do far more than I could ever ask or imagine, like feed over five thousand. Amen.