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See The Present

There was such a swirl of activity around Jesus, with so many people coming and going, that they were unable to even eat a meal. So Jesus said to his disciples, “Come, let’s take a break and find a secluded place where you can rest a while.” 32 They slipped away and left by sailboat for a deserted spot. 33 But many of the people saw them leaving and realized where they were headed, so they took off running along the shore. Then people from the surrounding towns joined them in the chase, and a large crowd got there ahead of them.

34 By the time Jesus came ashore, a massive crowd was waiting. At the sight of them, his heart was filled with compassion,[o] because they seemed like wandering sheep who had no shepherd.[p] So he taught them many things.

35 Late that afternoon, his disciples said, “It’s getting really late and we’re here in this remote place with nothing to eat. 36 You should send the crowds away so they can go into the surrounding villages and buy food for themselves.”

37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.”

“Are you sure?” they replied. “You really want us to go buy them supper? It would cost a small fortune[q] to feed all these thousands of hungry people.”

38 “How many loaves of bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” After they had looked around, they came back and said, “Five—plus a couple of fish.”

39 Then he instructed them to organize the crowd and have them sit down in groups on the grass. 40 So they had them sit down in groups[r] of hundreds and fifties. 41 Then Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, gazed into heaven, and gave thanks to God. He broke the bread and the two fish and distributed them to his disciples to serve the people—and the food was multiplied in front of their eyes42 Everyone had plenty to eat and was fully satisfied. 43 Then the twelve disciples picked up what remained, and each of them ended up with a basket full of leftovers! 44 Altogether, five thousand families[s] were fed that day! // Mark 6

When you look at your life and your today, your present circumstances, what do you see?

The disciples saw the need, the problem and saw their lack.  They forgot to have supernatural vision despite having just been out on amazing mission adventures, despise seeing Jesus again and again change the world with His mighty power.

When Jesus saw the crowd he was filled with compassion and asked the disciples to feed the people.  With what? The disciples wondered.  The had nothing with them.  They were unprepared.  They were unqualified.

Its like when Wonder Woman was walking through the trenches with her “enterague” – upset by the circumstances and suffering she asked why didn’t somone do something.  Everyone around her said it was hopeless, that it was no mans land, that it was impossible.  But she dared to see with eyes of hope and vision and stepped out into no mans land.  Her courage, and admittedly, her superpowers, broke through the defences and also was the catalyst for others to see hope and vision as they stepped out onto the battlefield after her.

She saw that change was possible.   She did not let the present cirumstances dictate action or change.  She didn’t focus on the present problems but saw present possibliies.

The disciples looked out at the 5000 families and saw impossibility but Jesus knew that with God nothing is impossible.

Your today might feel like no mans land.  You might be facing any number of crisis.  Financial.  Relational. Health.  You might feel that you are looking out upon your life and all you can see is the needs, the decisions that need to be made, the obstacles in the way.  It may feel like that everywhere you look there is another problem for as far as the eye can see and that there is no way forward.  We live in a broken world with so many demands for our time and energy.  We live with broken people who make broken decisions and do broken behaviours.

Living with supernatural vision for your now doesn’t minimalise your psesent but maximises the PRESENCE of God in our lives.

He is the God who split the red sea, who was with Shadrach Mesach and Abendego in the fire, who knocked down the walls of Jericho, who defeated goliath.  Time and time again we read in the bible about a God that makes a way where there seems no way, a God who restores the brokenhearted, who redeems the lost and heals the sick and raises the dead.

The feeding of the 5000 isnt just a story of a giant picnic, its about the disicples learning to see their now with supernatural vision and about how the PRESENCE of God brings possibility to every problem.   Jesus asked the disicples how man loaves of bread they had.  Go and see he said.  Go and see.  Go and see what God can do.

They came back and said we have 5 loaves and 2 fish.  One boys lunch.

It didn’t seem like much naturally but Jesus broke the bread, gave thanks to His Father and then asked the disciples to start passing it out.

Jesus supernaturally saw that one boys lunch was all that God needed to work a miracle.  One boys sacrifice fed 5000 families.  One boys insignificant lunch was the significant answer to the problem at hand.

Your life may feel like that lunch – that you don’t have much to offer or give, that you’re “just you” but let me assure you that one life given to Jesus can be multiplied and used to change the world around them.

In the present we need to GO AND SEE what God has prepared within us and around us to bring hope and vision and change.

 

In Exodus 15 we read about Moses learning to see with supernatural eyes what possibilities there are with God:

So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.  Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.  Exodus 15:22-25

God is the God of yesterday, tomorrow and the future.

He is with you today, He was with you yesterday and He has already being in tomorrow. He is eternal and outside of time. However as humans we are bound in time and I know for myself, my brain begins to ache when I explore the unlimitness of eternity and God’s time bending nature.

Today, whatever obstacle you face you can be confident and assured that God has prepared a way forward.  He has prepared a tree.

Before Moses and the Israelites even began on their adventure in the wilderness God had prepared a miracle.   Twenty years before the people of Israel arrived beside these bitter waters, dry, parched and desperate for hydration, God had made a way where there seemed no way.  A seed found its way into the ground, grew and flourished.  A tree with a purpose, purposed by God.

The God of past, present and future provided for their present time of testing back in their past.

Likewise, the God of past, present and future has provided for you present and future in your past.

In Exodus God told Moses to break a branch off the tree and to throw it into the water, and the water would be healed. This tree that grew from a seed many many many years before was their remedy for their time of distress.   God nurtured the solution through seasons of drought and winter. He protected it as it grew from a seed to a sapling. Away from the spotlight the tree grew.

What is in your world that will bring healing and provision to your point of need?

What is the one boys lunch in your life?

We need to have supernatural eyes that looks at our present and into our future with the lenses of faith, that declares the realities and truth of Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

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