The story about the feeding of the five thousand can be found in John 6:1-24, Matthew 14:13-36, Mark 6:30-56, and Luke 9:10-17.
We talked about a lot of things in Sunday school yesterday, but this brain-wave of what Jesus did when his plan was disrupted struck me. I never considered that the miracle of feeding those people was an act done during an interruption in Jesus’ plan to get away. Jesus and the disciples were trying to escape the crowds and they just kept following. When Jesus realized their retreat had a following, he turned and provided food for their souls and their bodies.
Accept disruptions as a part of the plan.
In the John telling, there came a point when Jesus realized that the crowd was going to force him to be king. That wasn’t just a disruption in the plan. That was a whole different plan, and it was not what Jesus planned to do. He withdrew from everyone entirely.
It is ok to withdraw when the disruption becomes too much.
A little later in the lesson, we discussed our roles in the miracles of God today. I noticed that in all of these miracles, there’s an approach to Christ.
Ask not, receive not. (Paraphrased from John 16:24.)
It was also brought up that miracles turn us into God’s storytellers. We are to share the good news of salvation through Christ, and miracles are a great way to point to Jesus.
In thinking about roles, we touched briefly on talents and gifts. What do we actually do with our lives?
I’m a Mom. My role is largely dishes and laundry. Or it seems to be! Pastor reminded me that it is also raising up my children in Christ.
I’m also a homeschooler. My thinking was to pigeon-hole all teaching (life skills, Jesus, animals, planets, anatomy, history, math, reading, etc.) into that homeschooling box. Disciplining, chores, and bedtime battles all fall into the Mom box.
The thing is… there are no boxes.
We are to live our lives learning, loving, and sharing for Christ while giving thanks in everything.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
— Colossians 3:17 (ESV)