Daily Routines

Jesus sat on a hillside with 5000 men plus their families all listening to his teaching.  About supper time, the disciples realized these people would be hungry.  I imagine the cranky children tipped them off.

“How are we going to feed all these people?” The disciples asked Jesus.

“You give them something to eat.” Jesus answered.

Then, Jesus directed the disciples to have the people sit down in groups.  Each of the disciples had a basket.  Jesus filled the baskets with bread and fish, then the disciples took their basket out and distributed the food.  Back and forth they traveled – giving all of their provisions, then returning to Jesus for replenishment.  Out to minister, in to gather resources.

All evening the disciples worked, giving out what Jesus gave to them.  When they were done, they discovered that five loaves and two fish had morphed into enough food for all the people with 12 basketfuls left over.  Can you imagine how tired they were at the end of the day?

Sometimes God has us in ‘training mode’.  We go through life doing the same activity over and over, feeling like things aren’t changing.  However, God is training us.  He wants us to learn to rely on Him.  He is our source.  We take what He gives us, and give it away, then we return for more.

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3 Responses to “Daily Routines”

  1. Jeanine Says:

    Kim, This is sooo awesome!!! I never, ever have connected the gathering of the 5,000 in Jesus’ day with a gathering like this today @ Gasworks Park, for the 4th of July fireworks! – Totally “Right-on”! Wow! Soooo relevant!!!

  2. Audrey Alonso Says:

    Yes, definitely cool…the whole Gasworks park picture. But I really liked your comments about:
    “Sometimes God has us in ‘training mode’. We go through life doing the same activity over and over, feeling like things aren’t changing. However, God is training us. He wants us to learn to rely on Him. He is our source.”
    That really hits home for me, I really believe I am in full on training right now. Sometimes it just seems like everything is ..rote… and then i will have an AHA! moment and realize that I need to learn (or am learning) how to …..pray…..trust God…keep my mouth shut…have patience…you know all that good stuff.
    Thanks Kim.

  3. kimmartinezstayingfocused Says:

    That picture has more hits on my blog than any other. I have one other of 4th of July at Gasworks. It is kind of funny – every July 4, I get a ton of hits on those pictures. People also search for “5,000 people” a lot – interesting?

    The people in training in the bible go through impossible times – like Joseph in the prison, the Israelites in the desert… at the end of the impossible time is the results.

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