Thursday, September 25, 2014

near and far

In Mark, chapter 8, Jesus feeds another large crowd miraculously...just as he did back in chapter 6. He divided seven loaves and a few fishes and fed 4,000 people. The disciples seemed to need a repetition of this particular miracle because when Jesus expressed concern for the hunger of the crowd the disciples complained that they wouldn't be able to find the food....apparently they forgot the power of the special person who led them. It occurs to me that we also can forget the power of Jesus, despite his nearness. We may have a "head knowledge" that Jesus is here, and even that he dwells in our hearts, but we may forget all that this nearness...this presence means. There is no need that we have that he cannot meet and there are times when he will even use us to meet the needs of others. I suppose that we need to make supernatural thinking a bit more natural to our thinking!
Mark 8:6-8 ...then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces....They( the crowd) ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food...
Rob Smith

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