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Baskets Full of Memories and Miracles

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Matthew 14:20– “And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.”

 

 

I have some pretty significant memories of baskets over the years: brightly-colored Easter baskets, a woven bicycle basket with a metal “bell,” the pauper’s basket on a small table at the church door.

We recently moved Mom and Dad into an assisted living facility. As we readied their longtime house for sale, we came across a basket that I had made at vacation Bible School as a young child. (photo above)

Just seeing it brought back fond memories of those long-ago days of learning Bible stories at church.

You might be surprised at how many of them involved baskets:

Moses hidden inside a specially-prepared basket in the river by his mother and then found and protected by Pharaoh’s daughter.

Saul, let down next to a wall in a basket by the disciples and saved from a throng seeking to kill him.

The basket of consecrations, the interpretation by Joseph of the chief baker’s dream, the basket of unleavened bread…

And among these is the familiar story of a small boy who shared his lunch of bread and fish, providing enough for a crowd of 5,000—with 12 baskets of food left over!

Baskets offering protection.

Baskets used to transport.

Baskets with which to gather and store.

This is the time of year when we are asked to fill baskets with food and clothing for those less fortunate. And when we do, may God bless them, as he did the boy’s lunch, and multiply our simple gifts to bless others—to overflowing!

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Our Loaves and Fishes

Philippians 2:13- “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.” (Amplified NT)

 

“I can’t do it as well as he does.

I’m not as talented.

I’m not smart enough.

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I’m not good at public speaking.

I’m just not athletic.

I’m too short…too homely…too introverted…”

There are lots of excuses NOT to do what God has called us to do.

But, God tells us that in our weakness, he will be our strength.

If he has called us to do something, he will equip us.

Nothing can thwart us. Nothing can triumph against us.

Like the boy with the five loaves and fishes, we simply need to show up and offer what we have.

He’ll use it, multiply it, expound on it, magnify it, and be glorified through it.

In His hands, our scarcity becomes His abundance.

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