READINGOld Testament: Genesis 50:15-26
Psalms: Psalms 101, 109, 119:121-144
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Gospel: Mark 8:11-26
Evening Psalms: 119:121-144
DEVOTIONAL“Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand?...’” (Mark: 8:17)
As a young married couple, we took a trip to Big Bend National Park. Upon arrival, we decided to take a short hike before dinner. We selected a short circuit hike and headed out without snacks since we planned to enjoy dinner on our return. As it turned out, the trail was a longer hike that shared the trailhead. As we hiked along enjoying the stark beauty of our surroundings, our stomachs began to growl. Unaware that we were on a longer journey than we had anticipated, we continued on, thinking we would soon be back at the lodge and a well-earned dinner.
Eventually, my hunger started to get the best of me, and we stopped to check the map to see how much further we had to go. I was more than a little panicked to see that, not only were we on a different trail from what we had intended, but we were just getting to where the trail turned back toward the lodge. There would be no benefit to backtracking at this point. I mostly wanted to sit down and throw a fit, as I was not only worried about being hungry, but also about having enough energy to get back. So, we continued on while I alternately grumbled about not bringing snacks and prayed for energy to make it back.
Just as I was reaching the point where I thought I had too little energy to take even one more step, I noticed something small and red in the middle of the trail. It was a red Jolly Rancher, or so I thought because it was unwrapped. For me, it was a prayer answered. That slightly dirty piece of cherry candy (my favorite flavor by the way) tasted so good.
To this day, I obsess a little more than the rest of our family about having snacks with me even when we go on short hikes. I was reminded of this hike while reading Mark 8:11-26 where the disciples are worried about forgetting to bring bread. Jesus reminds them of feeding the five thousand with five loaves and asks them if they still do not understand.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for this reminder that You provide me all I need. Even though I plan ahead for future needs, I have faith that You will always provide for me.