“Such as it is”


May I state the obvious? We live in a world full of needs, needs which often can seem overwhelming. Overwhelming to the degree that we are tempted to look away.  A temptation fueled by a desire to avoid feeling despair or helplessness because we perceive what we have as woefully insufficient to make any significant difference in the expanse of need.

And there is some truth in our perception, for we are all broken. Flawed. Deficient in some or more ways than we want exposed. And our intimate knowledge of our failures, our weaknesses, our sins, can cause us to question our usefulness to anyone and, even more so, our Father.

There is a story recorded in the Bible, however, which vividly demonstrates God’s ability to accomplish amazing things with the “such as it is,” that which we see as not enough or poor in quality. I am referring to the occasion when Jesus miraculously fed five thousand men, plus women and children, with five loaves and two small fish.

The apostle John records that, after telling Jesus there was a young boy with five loaves and two fish, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother asked Jesus, “But what are they among so many?” (John 6:8-9, NKJV).  Is this not our question also when we compare what we have with what is needed? And I am not referring only to physical items. This can be true also when we look at ourselves, our skills, our abilities, or lack thereof. But as with the five loaves and two fish, when we willingly offer Him our “such as it is,” He willingly accepts our offering and does more than we can ever imagine, and certainly exponentially more than we can do ourselves.


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