She had found herself in a desolate place, a deep pit, crying out, but feeling as if no one heard. She tried to escape the trial, instead of allowing Jesus to teach and mold her. She considers places where she could run in order to escape. She devised strategies, based on her own understanding, to better deal with her situation. Yet, in turn, her plans crumbled. Finally, she gave up no longer believing that she could obtain help. Yet what appeared to be impossible was soon to be met by a miracle worker—a Savior, who would not only step into her situation, but also turn it around for His glory, and for her good. Her hopelessness was met by God’s faithfulness.
Throughout God’s word, we read of countless moments when hopelessness was met by miracles.
Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick. Matthew 14:13-14
Jesus was stirred with compassion for the masses of individuals He encountered. He realized they were like “sheep without a Shepherd.” He spent time instructing the people as well as healing the sick. Jesus desired to minister to those whom He had created. That evening, the disciples asked Jesus to send the crowds to the nearby villages to buy food. When Jesus told the disciples to feed the people, they said they had only five loaves and two fish! Jesus then took the meager meal, blessed it, passed the food to the disciples to give to the people. Miraculously, He fed over five thousand people. (Matthew 14:16-32.) What the disciples viewed as desolate and hopeless the Lord turned into an opportunity to glorify God!
What about you? Are you currently residing in what appears to be a “desolate situation?” Does your trial look bleak? Do your surroundings look hopeless?
The Hour is Already Late.
The second point the disciples made was, “The hour is already late.” But some of the greatest miracles that Jesus has performed have come at the last hour. I recall one time when I was in need of a job with benefits. My current insurance was about to end and I needed a miracle. God moved, I was hired, and the new insurance started, the very next day after the other ended.
God’s timing is not our timing. He will come through for you—but in His timing, and in His way. Remember, He sees the big picture, while you only see the view in front of you. Put your watch down and let Him work.
So send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.
Why would the disciples say to the miracle worker, “Send them away?” Most likely, it was because they were leaning on their own understanding of what needed to be done, forgetting that Jesus could bring a miracle anywhere, anytime, even out of a desolate situation.
What about you? Are you currently trying to run from your trial? Are you thinking of “jumping ship”? Have you given up, thinking God can no longer heal your marriage, fix your job situation, or strengthen family ties? Read on, my friend!
Jesus knew the miracle that was about to take place. He reminded the disciples of a very important truth: He was the miracle worker! A change of scenery would not bring the miracle. Nor would a desolate place stop one from happening.
The disciples seem to have focused more on the scarcity of food than on the Provider Himself.
Jesus stated: “Bring them here to Me.”
Jesus listened to the disciple’s plan of action. He let them talk, share, and describe the dire circumstances. Then He stepped in, took over, and made a powerful statement: “Bring them here to Me.”
How many times do we attempt to fix our own problems, question our Savior’s ability to bring forth a miracle, debate and even declare the impossibility of a miracle in our desolate situation? Friend, Jesus is still saying today, what He said to the disciples back then, “Bring it to Me.”
At the beginning of the story, the disciples saw no way to feed the people. However, after placing the situation in the hands of Jesus, they witnessed the miraculous. After the miracle, they saw Jesus! Yet in all truthfulness, Jesus was there the entire time, even when it looked desolate and hopeless.
Point to ponder: The surroundings or circumstances of our situation do not have the final say. Only Jesus does. Desolation does not remove Jesus from the scene. It provides opportunity for a miracle. Instead of telling Jesus how desolate our situation is, let’s declare how mighty He is! Let your hopelessness be met by your Savior.
“Bring them here to Me.”
About the Writer:
O’Shea is the mother of two and nana of five and enjoys both roles tremendously. She is the Executive Director of Entrusted Hope Ministries where she loves serving through speaking and blogging. A member of First Baptist Church, Dallas, O’Shea serves with the church’s First Impressions ministry and teaches the Strong & Courageous Sunday School class for single moms. Shea received her bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi; her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and is currently working on her D.Ed.Min at Southwestern in Family Ministries.