Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray. Mark 6:30-46
Flying in from after a long day, I looked out the window as the plane was landing. It was a beautiful sight, the mountains, island and waters of Southeast Alaska. The vast unspoiled landscape is breathtaking. As we came lower and began to land, we could see the herring fleet out in the harbor, almost on top of the other, bringing in their catch, providing food and livelihood for so many. Hidden in what some might consider desolate places, is a bounty of God's grace where many can be fed.
Jesus is aware of the emotional and physical cost of ministry. He urges his followers to take the time away and the come with him. In the process, they are spotted and a crowd gathers. They do not turn them away but Jesus opens his arms and heart to them. There is no food and the little lunch or supper that is offered is ridiculously shy of the need. In that deserted place, hidden from their eyes, the power of God's love provided enough for all. Even when we are tapped out and weary, God provides the necessary strength and fuel in abundance.
Today I ask God for the strength and the fuel to serve others. We are often at our lowest ebb when we are asked to do more. May we know God's compassion and love as we serve God in our weakness. May we know God as we offer our small amount trusting that God will increase our poverty with God's loving abundance.