Natural Need Provides a Path for Miracles

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“Late in the afternoon the twelve came to Him and said, ‘Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.’  He replied, ‘You give them something to eat.” – Luke 9:12-13

The disciples were recognizing the natural need of the vast crowd through a lens that was based on what they could see – there was no natural way to feed the multitude with their meager supply.  However, Jesus, with His heavenly perspective, placed a challenge before His disciples to look not to the lack, but instead to the Source.  He, in His wisdom and grace, told them to give the masses something to eat.  Again, the disciples looked at their lack, rather than their Source.  It was not until Jesus gave them specific instructions, that they could see the set up Jesus was providing for the presentation of the miraculous.

Aren’t most of us much like the disciples at one time or another?  We are given a word, and find our eyes cannot even begin to imagine how in the heck we can possibly do what is being presented before us.  Until we receive specific instructions, our eyes are blind to the power of our Provider in the midst of the seemingly impossible places.  It is in the press, the spaces where we have no choice but to seek Him, that we discover He has had a perfect plan all along, and has remained patiently present, waiting for us to pursue the path that He has prepared.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our ever-present help, and that You have a plan and a purpose for each of us.  Please teach us to trust, to seek, and to move, in whatever direction You lead.  Help us to not miss the miraculous by giving in to the impossibility of what we perceive.  Prepare us, equip us, lead us and empower us, so that we might be ever aware of the potential You make possible when we seek You as our Source of strength.  May our momentum in both the mundane and the miraculous move others to seek You alone.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. This is just what I need today. Right now. The perfect time for me to be reminded to look to the Source and watch God do a miracle. Thank you! Your posts are always inspiring, and then, on days like today, they speak so directly into my life. Have a blessed day!

  2. yes, how patiently He waits…and how joyful He is when we finally get there. i think we can´t really walk with Jesus without knowing how much like His disciples we are. love your post!

  3. Praying for the reversal myself – to seek the Source rather than the lack…”Please teach us to trust, to seek, and to move, in whatever direction You lead.” Yes…

  4. Oh this is such a good word, Shannon! He is “patiently Present”–lovely phrase. I’m kind of glad I wasn’t around “back then”–I cringe with embarrassment to think Jesus might have asked me to do something that I couldn’t see the “how” for. But even as I typed that, I had a vision of Him smiling and putting His arm around me, whispering His encouragement. So I guess it would be “all good”!! God bless you abundantly–love, sis Caddo

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