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The disciples were tired.  Just like me, when they grew weary, they tended to become grumpy.  They had been ministering with Jesus for quite a while, and it was the time of day for everyone to have their evening meal & prepare for the night.

Problem: they are out in the middle of nowhere, and there are people all around them who seem far more interested in hearing from Jesus than taking care of the meal plans.  The disciples try to send them away, but Jesus instructs them to feed this massive gathering.  

We know of the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fish, but something jumped off the page at me while re-visiting that passage recently.   After the food was discovered and before Jesus performed the miracle, he gave a basic instruction.  “Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.” (Mark 6:39, NIV)

What is green grass?  At my house, that question is a constant because all that my land seems to produce is weeds!  But my thoughts return to my growing up, my home.  We had a nice yard.  We lived out in the country in a group of about 20 houses.  We had relatively small lots, about 1 acre, but each home had a good yard for multiple purposes.  We had green grass.

One of my favorite childhood memories is of laying down in the yard during the day and watching the clouds go by.  I’d imagine various things in the shapes of the clouds, just like a normal child does.  I’d also lay in the yard at night, watching the stars.  I never really developed any interest in astrology, but to lay there and just look at the stars was quite fascinating.

What I always took for granted was the green grass.  I never really appreciated it much, especially since I had to mow it so frequently.  But as I look back, I remember the great comfort of our yard.  I could actually lay in it!  I felt safe.  I felt secure.  I felt comfortable.  I was relaxed.  It’s as if God Himself was holding me in His palm, and all I had to do was lay there and enjoy.

I don’t know what kind of weeds, thorns, wildflowers or grass grows in your yard.  Maybe you don’t even have a yard!  But this one thing I do know, any time my life gets out of control, there is always, always a patch of green grass nearby.  It may not look like it physically, but I know in my heart of hearts that my God is ready in a moment’s notice to hold out His hand, and allow me to just climb into His palm…

… and rest! 

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Closeness to God

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