1 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”
4 His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”
5 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied.
6 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. 7 They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8 The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9 About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, 10 he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
God drew my focus to the first and last part of this story, five words that often are like two bookends of my day, week, and sometimes much longer. We’re told they had ‘nothing to eat’, but by the end of the day they had plenty ‘left over’. Boy, can I relate to that. . . I’ve got nothing left in the tank. I’m on empty and I don’t feel like I’ve got anything left to give and so many people are counting on me…my kids, my spouse, my coworkers, my friends, my volunteer work. I’ve been feeding everybody else, but I’ve been too busy to eat or even notice…my soul is starving! And then it’s like Jesus is saying to me, You’re hungry, you’ve had nothing to eat. Let Me feed you…I have plenty to give.
So in this moment, I’m going to stop whatever I’m doing and just BE with Jesus…for 15 minutes, I’m going to shut everything down…my calendar, my cell phone, my email, my door, even my racing mind. I’m going to name my hunger and listen to Jesus say, over and over to me, I have plenty left over…let Me fill your hunger. I’m just going to feast on His presence, and His promise until the groaning of my hunger is satisfied, until I have plenty left over from Him to give to others again.
Steve Steele, Pastor
Saratoga Presbyterian Church