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a few people have asked, since it was our 11th anniversary on friday, how my husband proposed to me…
we knew fairly soon after meeting and becoming friends that we would be together forever. before we got engaged we started planning our wedding.
but i didnt know WHEN he would propose.
anyway our church was putting on a big christmas production in the park, the production i had being in the year before and really “met” tony. i had auditioned for it so i could meet more people in my new church and be involved. i thought i might get bit part, office worker, workshop elve or something like that. well. i ended up being one of the 3 main roles, an 8 year old brat. who spends the 2nd half of the show in my pjs. and the whole show in pigtails. tony was my sound man, and had to tape a mic onto my neck and cheek every night (for the 5 nights of the show and all the practices.) he has amazing eyes. like A-MAY-ZING. and we became friends and talked and something clicked. so the production was a special moment for us. this year, the 2nd year doing it, i was the back up for the role i had done previously, but likelihood is i wouldn’t get to do it which was totally fine with me.
anyway tony was helping set up stuff at the park but we managed to sneak away to “our beach” for a picnic and short walk. well a short walk and then a quick bite before dashing back to the park. he had all my favourite things – lime fizzy, camembert cheese and crackers and kinder surprises. kinder surprises were a thing for us. he would bring one home from the supermarket or before a date.
but you know, i never thought anything of it, the favourite things, the picnic. because it was such a busy day.
i opened the kinder wrapping, then opened the chocolate egg, took a bite of the delish chocolate, then popped open the plastic toy holder.
what no toy! i thought i had flung the toy out and looked behind me.
then i looked again. there instead of a toy, was the most beautiful diamond ring.
“will you marry me?”
of course the answer was YES!
The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Jesus didn’t feed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.
He fed a crowd of people that numbered 5,000 – besides women and children.
But in those days, the women and children typically weren’t part of the headcount. Therefore, we typically refer to this incident as the feeding of the 5,000. Actually, it was more like 20,000, at the very least.
With this in mind, isn’t it remarkable that the ingredients for the miracle came from a little boy?
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
God fed the multitude through the meager resources of a child who wasn’t even included in the original count.
God likes the unlikely.
When He looks for someone to use, He often looks for the under looked.
He calls for the youngest son, who wasn’t even worth bringing in from the sheep field, from the perspective of his father and older brothers.
Be careful before you count someone out.
They might be the channel of your miracle.
And if you’ve been counted out lately, don’t worry.
God often hides His provision in places where no one else would know to look for them.
Man looks at the outward appearance. But God looks at the heart…