PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 6:35-44
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late.” (Mark 6:35)
I can relate to the disciples, feeling overwhelmed by the needs and problems.
A huge amount of people, and not enough resources to help them all.
Have you faced situations that felt bleak (remote) and hopeless (late)?
Have you felt inadequate for the challenges you faced, that it was all too much?
When Jesus says “You give them something to eat.” (Mark 6:37), does he mean it?
Or is this a lesson to teach them that they CANNOT do it by themselves?
When they bring what they have to Jesus, it is obviously not enough.
But the key is that they bring what they have – not enough – to Jesus!
Do I do this when I feel overwhelmed and stretched beyond my ability to help?
I do not know how Jesus will help, but I do believe that Jesus can help.
Looking back at past situations, somehow Jesus did help, did provide.
Maybe instead of looking around at the remote and late situation, look up!
“Looking up to heaven, he gave thanks…” (Mark 6:41); can I do the same in my situation?
It will certainly be more effective that my moaning and groaning about the problems!
Lord, I have not been looking up and giving thanks. By looking down I’ve felt down; its time to try looking up!