“Bring them here to me,” He said. And He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Matthew 14:13-21
Walking a “life of faith” whereby we rely on God’s provision for our daily needs, we have come to learn that He often provides for those needs at the 11th hour… around 11:59! Although this can be extremely tiring (as it stretches and grows our faith and patience and endurance all at the same time), it is also extremely encouraging to see how God comes through every single time and how we are able to “eat and be satisfied” in that area of need. He also loves us so much that at times there are often leftovers for us to be able to sow into those around us, or to just bless us as His children. An example of this happened recently…
We were short of cash around Christmas and not sure as to how gifts for the family would work. Our five year old really wanted a bright pink play tent for Christmas, so we gave it to God and trusted in His provision… just before Christmas, we were unexpectedly blessed with some extra finances, which afforded us the opportunity to purchase the desired gifts. On Christmas morning, our daughter was delighted as she opened her gift, to reveal her tent! A couple of hours later, her aunt gave her a gift… another pink play tent!
My immediate thought was to return one tent to afford us the funds to buy her another gift…. however, she had a completely different response… she was so excited with her second tent, as she now had “leftovers” of her blessing to bless her friend (who’s family was not able to purchase her any gifts that year)! The joy that radiated from the two little girls as they played in their matching pink tents was priceless and an incredible reminder to me that God not only cares for us but blessings us abundantly so that we, in turn, can bless those around us. We just have to remember to open our fists and let him use whatever we have to keep the river of blessings flowing from one person to another!
“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. Deuteronomy 16:17