How do you respond to stress? When you are overwhelmed and feeling like you could go bald at any minute?
I shut down. I just give up. Let someone else figure it out. I’m done. So sad. I hate it when I get to that point. I’m a fighter. And I don’t like to lose. But there are times when too many things are on my plate and I shut down.
John 6:5-9 “When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
So, here we have Jesus tasking His disciples to feed these 5000 men, not counting women and children. And Philip shuts down. Philip had to have been thinking “well, he has fallen off his wagon now…” This was an impossible task in his eyes. He saw the need but had no idea where to even begin. And then here comes Andrew. He offers this child’s lunch. How kind. But at least he offered Jesus something. Jesus already knew what He was going to do. He knew how the disciples were going to respond to this task. Yet, He wanted them to grow, wanted them to learn to let Him handle it but to at least try to do something. Offer something. God can use anything.
Today, princess, you will face impossible tasks – getting out the door on time for school, meeting a deadline at work, paying your bills, creating dinner from nothing – the list goes on and on. Jesus really cares about all this. He wants to help. He wants you to trust Him but He also wants you to try. Don’t shut down. Don’t get overwhelmed. Don’t quit. Whether people want to believe it or not, miracles still happen everyday. Just look in the mirror.