As I studied the 13th Chapter of John when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet, I saw how much Peter resisted this show of kindness and love. Peter is so easy to relate to for you can see so much humanness and willfulness in him. It reminded me of how much easier it is for me to give than receive. Jesus was stern with Peter as He told him he would have no part with Him if this were the case. Giving and receiving are equally important! Sometimes the little ego tries to enter where giving is concerned. It becomes evident just how important receiving is as we pray for an answer to a problem. Don’t we need to be receptive and expectant of an answer?
John 15:11 states “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
It made no difference how many people needed to be fed when Jesus fed the multitude. His disciples wanted to send them away because they didn’t see immediately how this would be possible with only a few fishes and a several loaves of bread. They were coming from a lack of Good or supply in their consciousness.
The Christ expressed gratitude and the human need was met. We never have to leave to find Christ. The Truth is always right where we are when we open our thoughts and rid ourselves of doubt, staying humble and grateful. Matthew 5:6 states “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.”
Human outlining keeps us from seeing the Truth before us.
While reading about the Crucifixion, I am always amazed that only one of the disciples was present while the Christ was on the cross. They had spent the last few years with Him listening to His teaching and watching His healing of the multitudes, but had fled during his worst time. After pondering this, I think I should be gentler with myself when it looks as if I have little or no faith.
John 20:19 states, “So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.'” He blessed them even after they had fled when He had needed them most. He always forgave. By being kinder to myself, I am able to be kinder to others. Today, I will do that!
So often, we may come from the belief of lack of Good and scarcity, but when we humbly and gratefully turn to God for clarity with expectancy, our every need is met and then, more so. God handles every request and with abundance. It is up to us to open our eyes and let go of negativity. After Jesus had fed the multitude, John 6:12-13 reads, “When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.” His Good overflows!
In the fourteenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus walks on the water and His disciples are afraid and alarmed. Earlier in the day He had fed a multitude of 5,000 with five fishes and two loaves and I sometime question why His disciples found His walking on the water amazing. Then, I am reminded of challenges and doubts I entertain while praying when He has proved Himself to me over and over.
Matthew 14:31 reads, “Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?'” He was talking to Peter who had tried to walk to Him. This is reassuring to me when I fall because the Christ is always there to pick me up.