Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with His disciples. – (John 6:3, NIV)
Jesus went up on the side of the hill and sat there with His followers. – (John 6:3, ERV)
Jesus went up a mountain and found a place to sit down and teach. His disciples gathered around. – (John 6:3, VOICE)
I know this is a rather odd verse to highlight, but it speaks volumes to me. This instance of Jesus finding a space outdoors to gather and teach His disciples was just prior to Him feeding the five thousand and walking on water. First, He found a place outdoors with a view. Not only could they see people coming and going, but I imagine there was quite a view of the water as well. Next, it was a place where they could all sit down together and talk. When Jesus taught, He used parables and questions. His questions challenged their understanding of the way the world works and was followed by Jesus showing them the power of God in action. Part of what Jesus asked the disciples was how they would feed the crowd that had followed them to where they were, that was far from any sort of market or town where they could buy bread. Additionally, the size of the coming crowd was far greater than their meager wages could afford to feed. Later, when the disciples brought Jesus what they had, it was miraculously multiplied to provide more than enough for all. Incredibly, Jesus still does the same for us. As we seek Him, spend time with Him, learn from His word and Spirit, He takes what we bring Him and multiplies it to bring far greater good than we could ever accomplish on our own. His economy is not our economy. May we ever find spaces to seek and commune with the Lord and offer Him what we have to use for the greater good. He is faithful and does far more than we could hope or imagine when we trust in Him.
Perhaps this is why,
When I am outside;
I feel connected,
All that He has made,
The work of His hands;
Show love and power,
We can’t understand.
His grace and goodness,
Out and on display;
We take in each day.
Lord, help us listen,
And choose look around;
Seek You to show us,
How Your love abounds.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing outdoor spaces to show us Your power, love and care. Everywhere we look, there is evidence of You. Forgive us for not being intentional to take in all that Your hands have made with awe and wonder. Show us the goodness and grace that You have placed all around us. Lead us in Your overwhelming and powerful love as we interact with others. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we spend time before You to listen to Your leading and take in the wonder of all that You are and all that You do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28