Fellow parents, as we stand here gazing into the abyss of summer, some of us may feel woefully unprepared. Some of you have planned every moment and some are just now realizing that school is out and those long lazy days of summer, teaming with endless rounds of "I'm bored" and "what are we going to do today?" are dizzily circling your brain. If you are among the group of us whose children struggle desperately and endlessly with this seasonal change in routine, I want you to know that none of you are alone.
God has not and will not leave you unequipped to handle whatever the summer has in store for you.
The miracle of the five loaves and two fishes is one familiar to most. Jesus feeding the masses, providing what was needed in a time when it appeared there was not enough and no way to acquire what was needed. I think that we can all say we have found ourselves in similar times...
times when we did not think that we had what we needed,
when we saw no way to get it or figure it out.
When we become consumed with trying to figure out our situation...
we can and often do, miss the most obvious solution...
Faith in God, in his ever present and all knowing ability to provide what is needed...even when we think he has not and will not. When we look at and focus on our inadequacies and inabilities, what we don't have, and think there is no way we can accomplish what lies before us with what we have been given...
We have to remember those disciples and that miracle.
When they were faced with feeding those thousands of people that day, when Jesus tested them with his question, "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" did they lead with their faith? Were their first thoughts, "The answer stands before us!" Were they quick to respond with answers born from the knowledge of what they had seen and experienced in their time walking the earth with the Son of God?
They immediately and instinctively fell back on themselves and trying to solve the issue before them from a purely worldly perspective. They knew, they believed, they had faith, but that faith...
it needed to grow.
Jesus knew in order for them to accomplish what they were called to accomplish...
Their faith had to be stretched and grown.
They stood before Jesus with their baskets, He blessed the bread and the fish, and distributed it to the disciples, each receiving what probably appeared to be a tiny amount...crumbs. They were then expected to turn and distribute what they had to the people. I think it took some real faith on their part. They took what Jesus gave them and stepped toward those people that they were to feed, in faith.
Faith that what they had, what had been given them by Jesus, would be enough.
What they saw, the growth and provision from something they had believed to be so insufficient, I can only imagine what a faith growing experience that must have been.
As we step out in faith into what ever our summer time holds for us and our children my prayer for us is this:
Dear Heavenly Father we are thankful for Your love and provision. As we step into this season may we always be aware of the fact that You will never leave us without exactly what we need to navigate through the long days and parent the incredible blessings that You have entrusted us with. When we find ourselves in doubt of having what we need, I pray that we remember what we need is You.