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Monday, June 13, 2011

5 Loaves and 2 Pesos

I took a deep breathe and sighed as I poured the last bits of coffee grinds into my coffee machine and switched on the button,  perhaps for the last time in a long time. Normally I would have a whole bag of coffee grinds ready to go but with money being tight after my return from Montevideo, coffee one of the was the million things that were running out slowing here at my home.

Although my cupboards may be empty and my pantry dry, my faith had never felt more full. In the days after Montevideo, I felt such an amazing sense of peace. And more and more I was coming to realize that my life was like a character in a movie. God has already written the script from beginning to end. But when we watch movies, the audience knows what will happen next but the character doesn't.

So as I sat and enjoyed that "last" cup of coffee, I couldn't help but think of the parable of Jesus and the five loaves and two fishes. Or in my case it's more like 5 loaves and 2 pesos, because that is basically all that I had left, 2 pesos. I remember coming home from the grocery store and counting everything I had left. 2 pesos on hand and 10 that I was keeping for an emergency along with some coins. 

But my heart leapt with excitement because coming to the end of myself and my resources is the beginning of seeing God come through with his resources. Everyday as I got up, there was a hope in my heart as I wondered " Would today be the day that God comes through and shows me what he is capable of?" And what was it going to look like when God came through for me?

If there is one thing I've found is that God loves to wait until the last minute and then come through for me in some creative way. Day by day I watched my supplies of food getting lower and lower until my cupboards were bare and all I had left was 10 pesos (2 CDN) left in my hand. Strangely enough, I had absolutely no sense of worry, just curiousity to how God would provide.

Finally I took those last 10 pesos and headed to the grocery store not knowing how this was going to turn out. This is where the story gets interesting and another opportunity arose of God to show himself faithful. I actually found pasta for 2.65 pesos and white ready to make sauce in a packet for 3.29 pesos. Which totaled to 5.94 pesos at the cash register. I was in a daze that I was actually going to buy something that would last me about 2 meals for the equivalent of $1.50 CDN.

I went to sleep with a full belly that nite and a smile on my face, dreaming of all the ways that Jesus is still able to multiply 5 loaves & 2 pesos....

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