Have you ever been worried that you wouldn't have enough to provide for yourself, for your family, for a time? It's a scary situation to be in, especially if you're supporting other people. It can be a burden, especially if you are confronted with challenging obstacles such as job loss, unexpected finances that need to go towards fixing a vehicle or appliance, time away because of sickness or a loss of a family member. Life can complicate things. However, have you ever actually found yourself too deep in a situation where God did not provide for you in some way? Probably not. God shows us through many different ways that we are never alone, that we can always trust in Him to provide, even if you weren't able to see it at the time. Where has God been providing for you right now in your life?
Today's Gospel states: "As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late; send them away, to go into the country and villages round about and buy themselves something to eat." But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?" And he said to them, "How many loaves have you? Go and see." And when they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish." Then he commanded them all to sit down by companies upon the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men" (Mark 6:34-44).
Today's reading talks about how God provides for His people at all times, even when it looks like it may not be possible. Jesus was able to feed the thousands with a small amount of bread and fish, and yet all we're satisfied. I bet that often enough, we feel like we don't have enough, getting stuck in the thought process of needing more and more. Yet at these times, I bet that we have exactly what we need at the time, food to eat, clothes, a place to sleep. We forget that life isn't about having the most, but being thankful for being provided for, being healthy, happy and loved. Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you be thankful for all that you've been given.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to be happy and healthy. Help me not to be stuck in a place of longing for what I don't have, but to be thankful for always being provided for.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.