fish, loaves, patience, & understanding

It’s easy to be in awe of someone turning a few fish and loaves of bread into enough food to feed thousands of people, but the majesty of that story isn’t the physical multiplication of food, it’s that God provides for His people.

Growing up hearing these stories—about the fish & loaves, healing of the sick, walking on water, etc.—I often wondered why those around me weren’t treated to such miracles, but I know better now.

Thankfully, I’ve never wanted for food. but I’ve lacked for other things like patience and understanding—two things I’ll need in spades to take care of a special needs child.

If you had told me a year ago what this year was going to be like, I’m not sure I would have believed that I would have made it through with my sanity let alone as a better person, but EJ’s challenges have challenged me to be a more patient and understanding person.

I had patience and understanding before but not enough; grace has increased it to the point that I can put a diaper on EJ without cursing. See, I have slight OCD when it comes to symmetry, and it’s VERY IMPORTANT to me that EJ’s diaper is perfectly centered around his bottom. This becomes an increasingly difficult task when he is doing the Time Warp.

So the next time you’re looking for a miracle, don’t think in terms of what we’d view as a magic trick today, but think in terms of choosing to do the things that make the world a better place even if you didn’t think you had it in you. We all have it in us, and there’s nothing wrong for asking for some help to get it out.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Laura on August 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    So very true and Thank you for this. Very inspirational.

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  2. I so appreciate your insight! We are surrounded by miracles every day that we often count as ‘luck.’ I don’t think God allows our lives to be controlled by luck. Tiny, wonderful miracles fill our lives every day!

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  3. Posted by Kathy Slusher on August 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    well said, Ed!!!thanks for the inspiration!!!I’m glad you’re my friend!!

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  4. Posted by DeeAnne on August 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Very well put. God blesses us all if we follow him. The miracles are gifted to us daily…..sometimes we look too big and miss them.

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