Patience vs Impatience…imagine you’re sitting amongst 5,000 people and you’re hungry and there’s no food in sight. You become anxious because you’re hungry so you decide to leave the area even though in your presence is a miracle worker and you know it but because the hunger is so overwhelming you go in search of food but once again non is in sight.
Now imagine you’re standing amongst 5,000 people in the same situation with the same hunger pains surrounded by a miracle worker but instead of allowing your anxious hunger cause you to leave out of the presence of the miracle worker you stay trusting in the fact you’ve seen or heard about the miracles he’s performed so you stay even as the pain intensifies. Then in a matter of minutes like you hoped and expected a miracle was performed and not only because of your trust and patience you were fed but had more than enough to satisfy you.
Then as you leave feeling full you come up on the one who left to soon. The one who out of impatience left searching for themselves trying to meet their own need only to find them on the side of the road tragically lifeless. Lifeless because they just couldn’t wait a little longer in the presence of the miracle worker who could sustain their needs.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 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.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 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. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.