Jesus took every opportunity to maximize the potential of every moment of His brief ministry. Every one of His words and deeds served the Father’s purpose of reconciling men to God for eternity. But in providing salvation for all mankind, Jesus never lost sight of the importance of any individual in this world or their specific needs. It mattered not whether a person was alone or in a crowd. To Jesus, each one stood out front and center.
A quote from The Love of the Cross, 2016, by Cathy Scott, p. 186.
____________________________________________________________________ The Lesson of the Thanksgiving:
Question: How great (mighty, powerful, strong ) is our God? – Can God save us?
The people who came to our home that day for a Thanksgiving turkey dinner were an ecumenical and international group of Christian. They had been in church with us that Sunday morning where we were worshiping our God together with a unified voice. These same people were the ones who had received the invitation from the pastor to join the Americans for the meal that we will never forget God serving to all who were present. These were His people, His Family, and God didn’t just tell us, but also showed us, that His greatness—His power that made and holds all Creation together—is great enough to provide all of our needs forever. That day in Spain we each took as much as we wanted, and our Father made sure that He kept supplying us with enough food on the buffet that no one among us had to go away hungry. So no matter how many people we see coming to His place for the feast that He promised that we would one day be invited to attend, don’t even think of worrying one bit. The feast, remember, is to honor Jesus, and Jesus is both our Provider and Provision.
Leftovers That Aren’t
Question: How good (loving, kind, merciful) is our God? – Will God save us?
This time the situation is very different. There are no groups involved, only individuals, each one with his or her own need. Yet God met them all. He never differentiated between big needs and small ones but gave us each exactly what we were missing. I don’t think that anyone would argue the fact that knowing that we are not alone in this world in our pain and suffering is one of the biggest needs that we have in common with each other. But on the other hand, there isn’t much of less importance on either my husband’s need list or my own than cabbage. For the record, though my husband and I both truly do like coleslaw, neither of us can ever remember us making it a part of any holiday meal in our past. Yet, there it was being handed to us as a gift: precut cabbage to make the coleslaw that we both wanted so THat it could be part of our Thanksgiving dinner. Our good God is truly that good of a God, isn’t He?
- In order for someone to keep enjoying my flowers and gourds a while longer, I needed someone who would accept my offer
- In order for TFM to know for certain that she and her family were not alone in their suffering, she and her family needed to experience that even people whom they didn’t know cared about them.
- In order for my husband and me to have coleslaw with our Thanksgiving dinner, we needed cabbage.
- In order for Ms. J to find employment, she needed someone to offer her a job where she could utilize her particular skills
- in order for Ms. J and TFM to know that all is well for their mother/aunt, they needed someone to make them pumpkin pancakes as she used to make for them to at together
- In order to trust our God aways, no matter the circumstances of our life at the time, we all need personal experiences with God to “see and believe” for ourselves that God Himself is always fully trustworthy.
It may take a mighty great God to give us salvation in the way that God has, but it takes a mighty good God to concern Himself with cabbage for making coleslaw.
GOD GIVES US WHAT WE NEED SO THAT WE CAN HAVE WHAT WE WANT.
NOTHING IS TOO BIG FOR GOD TO ABLE TO DEAL WITH IT,
NOTHING IS TOO SMALL FOR GOD TO NOT BE WILLING TO DEAL WITH IT!