Hold up. What’s on your mind? Is something bugging you? I know it’s easier said than done, but put it aside for a second. Don’t worry, it will still be there later.
Now is the time to have a moment with God. I know… God is always there, but this moment is for just you and God — not the 10 million other things that always seem to interfere.
All the other cares of this world are just that, cares of this world. Put them away and take this moment. Hold it. Cherish it.
Use it to breathe, slow down, and chat with your God — the God of words and wonders.next >
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, each getting as much as they wanted. When they had plenty to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves that had been left over by those who had eaten.
When the people saw that he had done a miraculous sign, they said, “This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world.” Jesus understood that they were about to come and force him to be their king, so he took refuge again, alone on a mountain.
John 6:10-15next >
It’s miracle time! Jesus takes the bread and fish from the one youth that remembered to pack a lunch, and feeds it to everybody. (If you’re worried that they youth didn’t get any — it’s alright. There were leftovers.)
Five loaves and two fish. Even the disciples thought that it wasn’t enough. They also probably furrowed their brows when Jesus told all 5000 hungry followers to sit down while he prayed.
But God can take little gifts and make them grow. God can use our share, even if it seems too small. What huge problem do you see around you? Do you think you can make a difference? God can use our life to make an impact bigger than we can imagine.
It’s like views on Vine or Youtube. One little video can be seen over and over again. Your faith is viral, and your service to others can help show how God works. It’s a miracle!
Chris Suehrnext >
Hey God — it’s me! When I see problems, I don’t always feel like I have enough to offer. Give me the strength to act. Make me into your miraculous sign to the world. Amen.next >
“God, whose almighty word,
chaos and darkness heard,
and took their flight:
hear us, we humbly pray,
and where the gospel-day
sheds not its glorious ray,
let there be light!”
From “Thou, Whose Almighty Word,” 1813, by John Marriott
Chris Suehr is a husband, a daddy, a Lutheran Pastor, a black belt in Tang Soo Do, and wrote The Haiku Bible. He looks at life with a playful gravity and lives in Harmony (Pennsylvania).
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