"I need a snack!"
"What are we having for supper?"
These are daily, hourly, even minute by minute questions that parents are asked all the time, especially during the summer months. In my household it is my job to feed the little people I created. But those little questions still have the ability to make me cringe. I mean, didn't I just feed them?
It's easy enough to get out a box of Cheese Its or a bag of grapes and say, "here you go!" But it's mealtime that really stresses me out. Like I said in a previous blog, I like to cook usually, but kids have a way of adding chaos and stress at precisely the time I'm trying to settle in and make my gourmet meal!
Like the time my youngest broke a brand new bottle of maple syrup on the floor as I was literally taking supper out of the oven. That was really fun.
I know I take for granted how easy I really have it. I have never been without food. I have never had to wonder how I would feed me kids. There has always been something, even if I didn't know quite what to make with it. So for that, I am grateful.
It's hard to make creative meals that are healthy. I mean, sometimes I just heat up a frozen pizza. And to be honest, the healthy meals are always the hardest to get my kids to eat. And if the people don't eat the meal you made, I sometimes wonder, what's the point?
Guess what I realized? Jesus had people to feed too. In John chapter 6, we read about the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5000 men (plus the women and children).
A crowd had followed Jesus because they were hungry for His teachings. They thirsted for the truth, and Jesus had it. They saw that He healed the sick, and they wanted more.
I love this next part. It's so Jesus, asking a question when He already knew the answer.
"Turning to Philip, He asked, 'Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?' He was testing Philip, for He already knew what He was going to do (John 6:5-6).
Philip and the other disciples were clueless. They had no idea how they could get that kind of money.
Andrew was the only one that had an idea. He found a boy that had a little lunch, packed by his caring mother. (For a blog on this topic, click here.) It was with this one willing boy that Jesus was able to perform another miracle and feed the multitudes. Everyone had as much as they wanted. Jesus had supplied their immediate need.
Isn't this our jobs as mothers? We have to feed our kids because it is our job to provide for their needs. According to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (think Psychology 101), food is one of the most basic needs. And those most basic needs must be met before more advanced needs can be met, like achieving one's full potential. And what mother does not want her kids to reach their full potential?
Jesus met the people's most basic need because He knew that they needed to be fed in more ways than one. Just like our kids. Jesus wanted to pour His truth into the people in that crowd, but they would not have been able to hear Him if their stomachs were growling too loudly.
This is how it is with our children. We have so much we want to pour into them, to teach them, that I think we forget how important it is to meet all of their needs. Because without those most basic needs being met, they can't learn and grow.
We have such a big job, parents. Everything we do for our kids has value. Even if it is just simply getting the snack crackers out for the 10th time that day.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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