Friday, November 4, 2011
Abundance in Desolate Places
The summer is long gone and as we move into serious winter, the look of this part of the world has changed drastically. There is no traffic, no parked cars, few pedestrians and no crowds. Except on weekends when a few hardy souls show up to browse and drive by, it is quiet and desolate, devoid of the noise and fuss the summer brings. The quiet can be tough on many, especially the elderly, as there are no visiting friends and family, no one dropping by and even few phone calls. And yet there is abundance in this desolation, a quiet deep space of breathing and contemplation, a feeding and a healing that is hidden in plain sight.
Jesus seeks out a desolate place to calm his heart and soul after a devastating loss. The folks follow him aching for his touch and his healing. He has compassion and not only heals them but finds food for them. He takes a very little and makes it more than can be consumed. Jesus takes a small pittance of an offering and fills the crowd to overflowing. Just enough for everyone would have been fine, but God goes the extra mile and makes abundance in our darkest places, overflowing generosity in the deepest despair. We are invited today to see our most desolate places as God's desire to fill the void.
Today, I ask God to help me have an open heart so that I might be still and receive the abundance of love that is offered. May my life be dedicated to sharing what I have received with others, even if what I have to offer seems inadequate and small. May we all ask for what we need and give what we have knowing God will supply the abundance.