Maybe you can identify. It’s the end of your work day. You’re already late for whatever is coming next. You are exhausted. Right then the phone rings or you receive a text or someone comes to your door. Your heart falls. Your mind screams, “No! Not one more?”
You just want to lie down, take a load off, turn on the game, grab a beer or glass of wine or a simmering cup of tea. But the phone keeps ringing, the text keeps beeping, that person is waiting at your door.
What will we do? What is Jesus calling us to do, to be? Good questions!
All those hungry people were there at the end of the day. Jesus’ friends (aka disciples) are like us. They are tired. They just want to be left alone. “Send them away,” they say.
But Jesus (ah, blessed Jesus!) has another way. You feed them. Man, oh man! Woman, oh woman! He knows that sometimes we just can’t. Exactly.
But then, Jesus shows us how. Gather together what we have. Offer it to him in trust. He takes all of that, blessing even our exhaustion, our frustration, our talents. Then others are fed, including us. There’s even more to come.
Many are still hungry. Trust God in offering what we have, for God is good.
Lord, we believe. Help us in our exhaustion. Forgive our unbelief. Amen. — TBL