At the End of Your Rope

29 May At the End of Your Rope

I picked up reading this morning in Mark 6:30. Previously in verses 1-29 Jesus had been rejected in his hometown, John the Baptist – a very influential follower of Jesus (see Matthew 11:11) – had just died by getting his head cut off as an unjust act of revenge, and in verse 30 the apostles were now returning to Jesus from going out on the mission Jesus gave them to cast out demons and heal the sick. It was time for a break. Jesus said, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” They were so busy they didn’t even have time to eat! So they went away “to a desolate place by themselves.” Ever been there? At the end of your rope, tired from running around, trying to keep up, haven’t had a day off in weeks, that all you can imagine doing is taking yourself to a place where no one can reach you? In the same way He reached out to the disciples, maybe you feel Jesus inviting you to go rest? Turning off your phone, possibly escaping to a different state/country just so you can change the pace? Oh boy, I am sure this is exactly what the disciples and Jesus were excited about getting in this moment! Some good R&R 🙂

Now imagine yourself getting off the plane in Hawaii. Sun beating on your face, you are graced with a lei of flowers. You made it! Only to see out of the corner of your eye a crowd of familiar faces. One…two…three….wait, where I am? What in the world? How did THEY get here? You suddenly realize you are surrounded by the very people you were trying to get a break from. Not because you disliked them or resented them, but because it was simply time for a break! For a sabbath rest, for some time alone. Oh the flood of emotions I can feel just writing this out! I can assure you that my initial reaction would not be grace, and probably not for the first few days! But this is exactly what happened to Jesus and the disciples. People heard where they were going and ran there, and actually “got there ahead of them.” But the very next verse is what blows my mind. “When He (Jesus) went ashore He saw a great crowd, and He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” But it doesn’t just end with Jesus’ compassion. He laid aside His plans for rest, and “began to teach them many things.” He stayed with them until it grew late. His disciples encouraged Jesus to send the crowd away to go buy themselves some food. But Jesus simply said, “You give them something to eat.” Jesus knew they had only five loaves of bread and two fish. How could He even ask this of them? (Don’t forget, there are FIVE THOUSAND men who need to be fed. I wouldn’t be happy if I was in Hawaii having to feed a hundred people, having to put aside my long awaited quiet beach time. For five THOUSAND? No way!) Yet Jesus had no problem with the idea that He could feed five thousand men with the little they had. And He did. He feeds every last one of them, with leftovers that filled 12 baskets!! WHAT?

So many things about this story grabbed my heart again this morning, so I had to sit down and share it with you. Jesus is such an amazing God. I can only dream about and pray to have a heart so sincere, so full of faith, as His. Don’t we all dream about this? Dream about not holding grudges, dream about forgiveness being our first instinct, about not being awkward when we find ourselves in the midst of people who make us feel awkward, but truly just love them for who they are and where they are at? JESUS. He is unlike any of us, yet we are made in His image, and are being transformed into His likeness (2 Corinth 3:19)! WOAH! Hallelujah! His heart is my aspiration. His heart is my goal. In the end, I would MUCH rather see five loaves and two fish turn into food for five thousand people with 12 baskets left over than to get some time soaking up the sun with a new tan that will never last on a body that will also die and return to dust, right? Obviously that takes time to sit down and process in my mind, but when I do, I know it’s good. I know going the extra mile for others is worth it. I know my time isn’t mine, but God’s, and what a blessing to give it back to Him instead of hold onto it. He is faithful to give us what we need! Food, teaching, attention, love, and even rest. We see Jesus tell the disciples to go while He dismisses the crowd. Then He himself gets away to the mountain to pray.

In conclusion, what do you feel you have only “five loaves and two fish” of in your life? Do you spend time worrying that you don’t have enough to advance in the direction you feel God has put on your heart? As I was greatly encouraged and reminded this morning, know this: You have exactly what you need to do the task ahead — FAITH.

  • Charles
    Posted at 17:02h, 29 May

    You are so inspiring, especially for someone so young. Thank you.

  • Evita Soans
    Posted at 00:22h, 30 May

    Indeed, All we need is faith to do the task ahead of us!
    Thanks for the beautifully msg. I love your songs…the lyrics of the songs are exactly what i feel at the moment.
    Blessings from Mumbai,India.

  • Mrs. Anna Hammer
    Posted at 00:36h, 08 June

    This was a good word. And I really appreciated your “realness” sharing on TBN. We live up in the Methow Valley and it was sweet to hear “connection”. God is revealing more and more of those. Our Washington state seems “forgotten” sometimes. I keep praying for the Lord to reveal more REAL “GOD FOLKS”. HE’S DOING IT! HALLELUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD!

  • Veronikka Almazan
    Posted at 08:12h, 09 June

    Hey Holly!I’m your fan from the Philippines.Do you still remember me?I’m one of those joining the 10-day photo challenge in instagram..the girl who forgot to include the other “r” in the hashtag #hollystarrgodis.Well i don’t actually expect you to remember..But I just want to express my gratitude for that simple act of kindness you did for still considering my photo that time.And one thing I want you to know is I admire you a lot for being a good example to the public as a teenage Christian singer.There’s so much compliments to mention really but just stay your simple beautiful-in-and-out self for the Lord.God bless and may the Lord continue to bless you more and use you to bless other people as well.Love you! ^_^

  • gordongirl
    Posted at 07:33h, 10 June

    Dear Holly,
    Your post brought me to tears this morning. In feeling overwhelmed before even getting out of bed, I don’t wish I could run away, only be more for others, to be able to heal their sickness or fix all that’s broken in their lives…perhaps even a little work on my own wouldn’t hurt either! But you’ve brought me to the reminder that Jesus goes ahead of me today and I can rest in that. Thank you for the words that bring comfort for right now. God bless.

  • mike
    Posted at 10:34h, 12 July

    Anyone, singer/songwriter, mother, welder, businessman, onion farmer, fast food worker, father, prisoner, pilot, (you get the drift), will never be all they can be without the living Word of God planted in their hearts and life. We are blessed to see Holly put forth this sharp sword in her life, (it perfectly cuts both ways), now let us pray for faithfulness to put forth the Word, in newness of life in our own lives, in our sphere of influence. Be encouraged – Faith is the victory that overcomes the world!! Just like we all sound better singing Holly’s songs with her, we will all live better working things out with God. Blessings all!

  • Joshua Koutoh
    Posted at 17:17h, 28 July

    Great message.
    You have been an inspiration to me and i’ll say your my muse!
    God Bless You!
    PS. your music is just Awesome!

  • michael coughlin
    Posted at 07:06h, 04 August

    Insightful. Thanks. I will add that most scholars recognize that in a crowd of 5,000 men, there will be almost 15,000 additional women and children. I suppose either miracle is great, but 20,000 people is even more astounding. Praise Jesus.

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