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“A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”
John 6:2-9 NLT
In fourth grade I was placed in an advanced level reading class. We were given more challenging assignments than the other students and quite often, they engaged problem solving techniques. They honed our skills to be able to look at a problem from all angles and work until we resolved to find a solution. The solutions were never the most obvious choice. Most of the time, it came from an unlikely source.
I have always genuinely enjoyed problem solving. I like finding out-of-the-box ways to do something to make a situation, that seems impossible, completely doable. This skill and determination is what makes me a great nurse and it has opened doors for me I may have never had otherwise.
Philip, the disciple of Jesus, seemed to possess the same knack for solution-finding. When Jesus asked him where they could buy bread, he patiently waited for Philip to discover the impossibility of the situation. They didn’t have months to work in order to buy enough bread. They needed food now.
I relate to Philip’s process of solution finding so much here. He considered every detail and exhausted every option. Even when handed a few loaves and fish, both he and Simon Peter resolved what they had just wasn’t enough…without Jesus. They needed Him to do what only He can- a miracle.
I do this just about every time I’m faced with a problem. I’m a natural “fixer” or “super solution finder.” Jesus allows me to exhaust all my options until I realize it is too big for me to handle and I call on Him for help. He waits patiently as I figure this out. The truth is, what we have is never enough without Jesus. We need His intervention in every part of our day to help us work out a resolve and find solutions in the most unlikely ways.
I’ve recognized it is much easier to bring Him into each situation from the beginning, to let Him have control right away. I waste so much time trying to work through something to find my own solutions when He’s had it all along.
If you are at all like me, you may need a gentle reminder to turn that big need over to Jesus. He’s already got it worked out! Surrender it to Him. Let Him take over and give Him room to perform a miracle. And you’ll have a front row seat to witness it!
About the Author:
As a published author of Just Enough and an international speaker, Jennie Puleo considers her most important title to be “Natalia’s mom.” Fostering and adoption has been on her heart for years and children are beginning to fill her home. She has always had a deep love for the Lord and her desire to serve and obey Him has carried her through so many of life’s chaotic circumstances: the loss of children, abandonment of a spouse, chronic illness and multiple surgeries. There are so many times and places where God has met her in the middle of a storm! It is now her passion and purpose to share all God has done in and through her life by speaking and writing…and on occasion sharing God’s love with a random stranger. Jennie has seen God provide for her in miraculous ways over the past six years and is eager to tell someone about the goodness of God. www.liverestored.net or facebook.com/jenniepuleo.liverestored