Expectations. We all have them. When someone you know and love is struggling with something, what do you expect? When life throws you a curve ball, what us it that you expect? For most of us, we expect to make it through, to be okay in the end.
A large crowd had gathered to hear Jesus teach that day. They were spellbound with His words. The day grew long. Jesus tossed a problem to the disciples – feed them. We’ve been there – maybe just not quite this extreme. Boss or teacher or parent tosses us an assignment, project, or task that is due yesterday. After the panic passes, we set to it and somehow get it done. Sound familiar?
The disciples also panic. They utter out loud what we usually only think. What?! Do you know what you are asking? There are thousands here! Can you see Jesus watching, arms folded, slight grin on His face? Without being asked He steps in. Just moments later thousands have eaten their fill and 12 baskets of leftovers are gathered up. All from two fish and five loaves of bread. A miracle has happened. All are amazed at His power.
Do you think they all expected to be fed? Surely they could see there was no caravan of wagons laden with food. Do you think any of the disciples’ first thought was to turn to Jesus when He handed out this impossible task? Neither is mine. It should be. I read all about the miracles. I believe them. I hear of miracles in the world today. I believe they happen all the time. I just don’t expect them in my life. I should. Lord God, open my eyes and heart to the expectation of miracles in my life and in my world. Help my unbelief.
Scripture reference: John 6: 1-15