When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. John 6:1-15
Today is the feast day of Manteo and Virginia Dare. Manteo was the Croatan chief who befriended the English settlers who arrived in Roanaoke, now considered the "lost colony". He was the first Native American person baptized in the Church of England tradition. He traveled to England several times, across to the other side of the ocean to help the settlers. Virginia Dare was the first English born child in the Roanaoke settlement and her baptism is commemorated today as well. Very little is known about the disappearance of this colony, but we remember the generosity and kindness that Manteo provided the weary and hungry travelers that cross the other side of the sea.
Jesus crossed the sea to the other side and a great miracle happened. Despite the small amount of food offered, and the doubt of his disciples, more than five thousand were fed and there were twelve baskets of food left over. These were hungry and destitute people, aching for the love of God. They found the love of God in abundance, as they were filled to overflowing. God invites us today to go beyond our comfort zones, to go to "the other side of the sea" and find abundance and plenty beyond our imagining.
The people of the Roanoke colony found God's abundance in a stranger, Manteo. I ask God to help me go to the other side and seek God's abundance despite my worry and doubt. May we go forth today, trusting God will supply our needs abundantly, and more so.