Eat Some More

 By Cally Robertson

After reading Elizabeth’s post yesterday, I was reminded of the many instances of food and eating in the Bible, so I recommended to Elizabeth that she should continue with the “eat” theme for the week.  She interpreted my suggestion as an offer to write a post about eating, and I happened to have just been learning a little something about food from a study I am doing.

This summer, I have been amazed at the ways the Lord provides for us.  This has come in many forms, from delicious food while I’m living with my parents to opportunities and blessings as I begin a new chapter in my life. 

Many of us are familiar with the story about Jesus turning a few loaves and fish into more than enough food to feed thousands of people.  In our family, sometimes eating can be more of an olympic sport than a pleasant dining experience, and I cannot imagine that little amount of food going very far for the seven of us, much less for thousands!

[Jesus] told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Matthew 15:35-37

Even though I’ve heard this story before, I cannot help but be shocked that the Lord cares so much to make sure that all of the people were not only satisfied, but had extra!  When they surrendered everything to the Lord, He multiplied what they had to provide more than what they needed.

I know fasting is a good spiritual discipline, but I am also thankful that the Lord wants to spiritually and physically satisfy us. 

I also love that He gives the food to the disciples, who in turn distribute it to the rest of the people.  I can often get so wrapped up in helping others and trying to please everyone, that I forget where the supply truly comes from.  It is important to remember that the Lord provides for us so that we can in turn pour out his blessings on those around us. 

Kelly Minter puts it well writing, “God has called me to be a deliverer of His gifts, not the creator of them.”  We have seen how the Lord provided food for his disciples but also for everyone there, and we have experienced the ways that the Lord can provide for us, but we are also called to share our blessings with others.  When the Lord does a miracle in your life, be looking out for who He wants you to share it with. 

Recently, I have seen the Lord’s provision through the support and encouragement of the people around me.  He has brought certain “disciples” into my life who are sharing their loaves and fishes, both personally and professionally.  I am so thankful that there are people willing to share their blessings and provision with me, and I hope that I can be obedient enough to do the same.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10

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