Overwhelmed by my own needs

Overwhelmed 4.27.15

It’s the start of a new week. If I were to look at my schedule for what’s ahead, it would be easy to become overwhelmed. Appointments, meetings, work, kid’s schedule, calls to return, and computer work to finish are on my to-do list this week.

I find myself thinking of all the things I need to get those things done and wonder how it’s all going to happen.

I need time to spend on them.

I need money to pay for them.

I need energy to do them.

I need, I need, I need. I can easily become overwhelmed by my own needs.

Matthew 14:13-21:

“When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he 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, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

We see Jesus tired, probably a little worn, seeking rest. He withdrew by boat to get some space. In the midst of his own need to rest, his stronger desire to meet people’s needs caused him to act. Jesus was presented with an option to send them away, which might have made sense considering the size of the crowd and it being close to the dinner hour.  But Jesus’ actions spoke volumes. He instructed the people to sit down, took what was given to Him, blessed it, broke it and gave it out. He gave food out to 5,000 men, not even including women and children. He fed thousands that day! And there was even some to spare (can you say 12 baskets full??)

Everyone walked away that day fed.

Physically fed and spiritually filled!

What I love the most…Jesus was never once intimated by the size of the need that day.

Jesus is never overwhelmed by the size of my need on any given day. Praise Him for that alone!


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