What Are You Holding?

When his mother packed his lunch early that morning,

did she ever dream she was packing a miracle?

And if she’d known,

would she have packed a little more –

knowing Jesus would be looking in the basket

in search of supplies.

And as the little boy headed to town, did he realize what he was holding?

Just two fish and five loaves of barley – yet enough to feed thousands.

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What about the widow of Zarephath —

Did she forget what it takes to make bread

when she told Elijah she only had flour and oil at her house?

It’s so easy to forget.

Miracles don’t require extraordinary supplies.

They just require us…………………

and whatever God has placed in our hands.

In Sunday School yesterday, as we finished another day in our

Made for This: 40 Days to Living Your Purpose book study.

And the question author Jennie Allen asked in this chapter was,

“What are you holding?

My Bible reading this morning included the crucifixion of Jesus.

So many different kinds of people holding so many different things filled up these few pages in the Scriptures.

From swords to spears to coins to signs to sticks,

character after character enters this part of Jesus’ story briefly and then exits stage right.

But every person has a purpose –

and what they’re holding does to.

Over and over again we read the words,

“that Scripture may be fulfilled.”

God had a play for every person.

And the objects they held moved that plan along.

What if we entered today fully aware of what our hands are holding?

Maybe it’s a pen or a computer or a phone.

Maybe it’s the hand of a loved one who is sick.

Or the steering wheel of our car.

Maybe it’s a baby in need of love.

Or a dish in need of washing.

Whatever it is,

what if we considered it sacred?

Could it be that God has entrusted us with

A holy dishrag?

A set apart steering wheel?

A sanctified laptop?

How different would today look if we periodically paused,

looked down,

and asked ourselves,

“What am I holding?”

“And how can God use it?”

How quickly could the world turn right side up if we all decided

on this brand new Monday morning –

this new day of life and¬†gift of another sunrise –

to look down,

exam our possessions,

and then immediately look up,

asking God to use them?

He’s got the whole world in His hands.

What’s in yours today?

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