Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Matthew 14:19–20 (NIV)
We were striking out all over the place late last week. Justin’s best friend was coming to visit and the #1 thing he wanted to do was go fishing on the Bay. But we were coming up empty. Empty. Hungry for the desired vacation plan. Then on Sunday, a family at church offered to have them go crabbing from their dock. The boys came home from church willing to do it “even though it wasn’t fishing” They left the house Monday morning thinking they would be back before lunch because “they probably wouldn’t want to do it all that long…”
When we are in charge, scarcity can often be the mode of expectation. But the phone call at 11 to say they were not going to be home for lunch, and then the text to say the neighbor was taking them out on the boat, and then the text to say bring Nickolas for dinner they had caught almost 2 dozen crabs, was all abundance. In in fact it was probably the highlight of the whole vacation.
In life, often we are expecting scarcity, and unexpected abundance is waiting from God. Sometimes it is 5 loaves and 2 fish. Sometimes it is a bushel full of crabs.