Belly Full of Butterflies?
Remember that queasy, flip-flopping feeling as you approached the front door to your old grade school? You know, the icky anticipation of that quiz you “Forgot” to study for last night, choosing instead to watch American Ninja Warriors instead? Or perhaps you remember that sticky, lump-in-the-throat, ache that clogged your breathing when your high school biology teacher announced the pop quiz late afternoon on a Friday. And the irritating, nagging question all weekend; “How did I do?”
I’m pretty confident that Philip felt his throat close as he squeaked out a response around dry lips and a tongue that clung to the roof of his mouth when he heard his messiah ask him, “Where shall we buy bread…” (John 6:5, NKJV)? And of course, with a big smile on his face, hand flailing frantically in the air like he was waving down a New York Cabby, the teacher’s pet Andrew jumps up with the answer. Pushing a young boy before him, Andrew declares the find of five barley loaves and two small fish (John 6:9).
Got That Failing Feeling?
Did you ever get the feeling that you were being tested and likely failed? Maybe it was when those terse words popped out of your mouth when you were cut off in traffic? Or, when that unexpected letter arrived from the IRS to inform you of a mistake you made on your 2017 tax return? (Yep, don’t ask) Sometimes, that oops was an opportunity for God to make a point, a teaching moment. But notice the end.
When it was all said and done, no one was chastised or made to be a learning moment for everyone else. Instead, the abundance remaining was a blessing to everyone involved.
“So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.’ Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten” (John 6:12-13, NKJV).
Jesus shared this with us so that we can be confident there will be a blessing to follow the testing. Ask yourself, “Why Can’t We Trust God?” And, rejoice!