It's not that uncommon to see someone standing on the side of the road hungry and humiliated. Can you imagine holding a cardboard sign to illicit the compassion of complete strangers?
When I was at the University, we actually went through a seminar to describe how some people take advantage of the "will work for food" signs; but as I sat and listened I just couldn't help think, "But how do you know?"
At the beginning of John 6 Jesus is seen teaching a large crowd of people as the Jewish Passover was near. Jesus noticed that the teaching sessions were going long, and they needed to do something to provide for the people. He asked Philip, "Where shall we buy the bread for all these people to eat?"
Interestingly enough, the verse just after says it was a test because Jesus knew what He was about to do.
The very next event ushered in a discourse that baffles the mind. He feeds Five Thousand people all at the same time and provides for their hunger.
I was reading this morning, and the notion of Jesus providing for our needs keep resonating in my mind. It was earlier when Jesus noted, "Therefore
I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than
food, and the body more important than clothes? Look
at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in
barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more
valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life" (Matthew 6:23-27)
I wonder if we really believed Jesus when He says that He can care for all our needs?
What might our life look like if we took hold of this truth as a standard for life?