“I am the God of both intricate detail and overflowing abundance.” – Jesus Calling
After reading those words this morning, I read the following familiar passage:
“Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.” John 6: 12-13
The verse that stood out to me this morning was verse 12. “After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciple, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.”
I read that and thought…isn’t that just like God. God finds the value in everything. Nothing is too small and no one is too insignificant to Him. We are a generation who tends to quickly discard the small. Not just with food, but with people too. We notice the “full plate” people. We are quick to notice those who seem to have all the skills and all the talents. We applaud those who seem to “look the part” of a winner. And, to a point, I understand this. It makes sense. But, Jesus, His eyes look deeper. His eyes look beyond the grand appearance of things and can see the beauty and the worth in the often overlooked.
Jesus takes notice of the small plates, the scraps and the tossed out. He says, gather it up…I can use even that.
I think about the widow who came to the temple and dropped two small coins into the offering, it was all she had on her plate. And Jesus says to his disciples…do you see what I see? That was beautiful.
I think about Paul and the grace God abundantly showered down on him. The only thing Paul had on his plate when he first encountered God were extra helpings of terrible mistakes and wrong directions. But once again, God shows us that his beautiful plan goes beyond the appearance of things. Nothing is wasted.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service even though I was once a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and a violent man…The grace of God was poured out on me abundantly.” (1 Timothy 1: 12,14)
Even Paul knew he was the recipient of this gift God offers to each of us, the gift of gathering up the leftovers, the thrown out, and the written offs and saying but I see what could be!
Lord, give us eyes to see beyond the appearance of things today.