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Nothing Is Wasted

Taking the five loaves and the two fish
and looking up to heaven,
He gave thanks and broke the loaves.
Then He gave them to His disciples
to set before the people.
He also divided the two fish among them all.
They all ate and were satisfied …
MARK 6:41-42 (NLT)

In Mark 6 we read the heartwarming story of how Jesus took the loaves, broke them, multiplied the fish, and gave everybody lots to eat with lots left over. They gathered baskets full of leftover bread so nothing would be thrown away.

I think about that story when I watch a Christian go through tough times yet hang on to God’s grace. Maybe you’re such a person. Day-to-day heartache is your routine, and problems seem to have a permanent place in God’s plan for you. What God is doing with you is like what He did with the barley loaves and fish. Jesus broke the bread. And out of the broken loaves of bread, He multiplied the blessing so thousands would be nourished.

Yes, it hurts to be broken. But sometimes that’s part of God’s plan, especially if He wants you to feed others. Out of your brokenness, the blessing can be bestowed on more people than you ever dreamed possible – and you can be certain nothing will be wasted. God will gather up and use all the hurt; not a bit of it will be discarded or cast aside.

All praise to the God and Father of our Master,
Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy!
God of all healing counsel!
He comes alongside us when we go through hard times,
and before you know it,
He brings us alongside someone else
who is going through hard times
so that we can be there for that person
just as God was there for us.

On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky