The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. — Mark 6:30-46
People’s lives today are fast-pased. Most of the things around us can immediately change in a day or two without us noticing. We’re busy with work, school, business, and many other things. Those things are important for our growth, but are we still making time for God? Well yes, we do go to church once a week, but do we give the Lord few minutes of our time everyday?
I just proved this recently during my exam period. I was so busy reviewing and working that I always forgot to go into quiet time with the Lord. The exams were really long and I kept my hopes up after it. But when the results were up, I found out that I failed the exams. I knew I had good answers that would help me pass the subjects, but I failed. I was so frustrated and had so many speculations why I failed. I did not have peace.
God allowed it to happen to bring me back to Him. And now, I try my best to spend time with the Lord everyday and I find my self in peace. I remember a song that really fits this devotion and the message is a reminder that even if we have storms in life, we continue to soar with God with gladness.
I now realize that it’s better to fail when we are secured with the Lord rather than having an empty success without Him.
Reference: Our Daily Bread 15-Day Edition