Mag's Thoughts

Five Loaves, Two Fishes, And A Porch Swing

Matthew 13-21 esv

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

One of my favorite Bible stories as a child is the story of Jesus feeding the five  thousand.  Always this has been a lesson to me about trust. My grandmother, a precious child of God, told me this story while sitting in  her porch swing eating  those yummy candy orange slices. She said all those people sat down and just trusted Jesus to provide for them. 

That story from my Grannie often comes to mind. How familiar those circumstances are  today.  We just must trust our loving Lord for our tomorrows. That childhood lesson
teaches me to  patiently wait for God working in my life.

 We, however, as followers must also reach out to those in need. My Grannie did not have much, but as a school cafeteria worker, she would pay for children's lunches if they did not have the money.  if God has provided for us, then we must in kind, provide what we can for others.

I learned much from my Grannie on that porch swing. She made the Bible come alive those evenings swinging on her porch. I learned that God has answers for us. We  must be quiet  and listen for God's answers.

Perfectly Guarded

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Waiting is knowing answers will come, but not knowing what the answers will reveal. A most difficult exercise for humans is turning the mind away from dwelling on possible outcomes. The peace God offers brings calm to the night. God knows the deepest parts of the human heart and offers respite and rest. Much of what Paul writes to the various churches is to encourage them. Just like the early church, we need that encouragement  in these days.

We face the reality of a pandemic in our world, and it is frightening on many levels. I know without reservation that God walks with us in the darkest hours and the deepest  valleys.  My Lord and Savior  offers strength, comfort, and peace to our hearts when His children need them the most.

Our prayer:
Most Holy Lord, you are our Creator who loves each of us and You hear our prayers. May we open our hearts to Your wisdom and trust that you walk with us in the valleys. Please guard our hearts Lord and comfort Your children.  Forgive us when we doubt Your power working in our lives.  Thank you for Your perfect love realized through Your Son who gave His life for our Salvation. Thank you Heavenly Father for the strength you give though Your Word and through prayer. In Jesus Holy Name, Amen.

My Place

You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word.

Psalm 119:114 | ESV

When I was a little girl, I had a favorite hiding place in the tree beside our garage. There was a wisteria bush growing around the lower trunk. When I climbed above the purple flowers, high up in the tree , I was hidden from the world below, yet as high in the sky as a six year old could climb.

I find myself searching for that place free from the world below. My hiding place these days is on my porch reading the Bible. You know, there is so much wisdom in each book that I read. I also find my shield of protection in the perfect truth in God's words.

I am blessed where I live in the country. No matter your location, time with our Lord takes you away from these troubled times. Give yourself a gift, time away with God.
Grab your cup of coffee, prop your feet up, and discover  your peace of mind deep in the pages of your Bible.

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