I truly appreciate the writers and speakers who listen and respond when the Lord is calling them to share about a certain passage or message. I have several that I enjoy, but Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries is one that seems to speak to me on my level.
I downloaded an app a few days ago....First Five from Proverbs 31. The idea is to spend the first five minutes of your day in devotion, which honestly, is a struggle for me. In this day and age, sadly, I go to social media for news or information. And I really don't want to start my day that way.
If you download it, you can go watch Lysa's message from the opening session. I watched for almost nine minutes before I had to do a face palm because I knew exactly what the Lord wanted me to know.
And I got it.
But He had something else to share through Lysa's message with me too.
Hopefully, you can go listen to it yourself. But here's what I got out of it.
Chapter 6, verse 30 is where the story of the feeding of the 5,000 starts in Mark.
The disciples had been out sharing God's message, driving out demons, healing people....and they had come back together with Jesus for some rest time. So they took the boat to a quiet place, but people saw them and went to the solitary place to meet them. Jesus loved on them and taught them, but the disciples were worried that the people needed to leave so they (the people) could find themselves something to eat.
Jesus told them "You give them something to eat."
Now surely Jesus already knew what He was going to do. He knew the miracle He could perform. But He threw it out there anyway.
You know how it goes. They brought Jesus five loaves and two fish, and - after giving thanks - He had the disciples pass out the food to the people.
They ended up feeding 5,000 men (not counting the women & children) and had 12 large baskets left over.
I don't know about you, but I would have been floored. FIVE fish fed FIVE THOUSAND men! What?
We'll come back to that in a minute.....
Immediately, according to verse 45, Jesus sent the disciples ahead of him in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee while he went up the mountain to pray. If you watch the video, Lysa explains how the water would have been acting with the wind on the lake, but it was rough. The disciples were struggling. And they were fussing. And they were terrified.
Jesus went to them, got in the boat, and calmed the winds. Verse 52 says "(51) They were completely amazed, (52) for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened."
I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not, but I can relate to the disciples. I do it all the time. I witness something that proclaims God's goodness and miraculous love for us, and then I forget and go right back to my petty worries. The disciples did it too! They JUST SAW Jesus turn five fish and two loaves into enough food for over five thousand people. WHaT? Had I seen that, I don't think I'd forget. Yet, I am witness to miracles everyday and yet I still scream and holler and worry about how this is going to be taken care of when things don't seem to be going my way.
So how do I not fall into the same routine of worry and stress, like I always do....like the disciples did? As she mentions in her message, you must spend time in The Word, BEING with The Lord.
The First Five App is free, as far as I know. I'm not sure if that will change after it launches on Monday, but I would definitely suggest you go download it now and start the habit of getting in God's Word for the first five minutes of your day.
Summertime is easier for me, obviously, because I don't have the time constraint of school. But I still don't study the Bible as much as I should. I'm excited to have a plan and direction now.
I'm thrilled the Lord has such a better plan than I do. And I'm faithful in that plan. "Stay in the alignment of His assignment."
Many thanks to Lysa for sharing her words today, and reminding me that we all need some time to BE with Him.