Psalm 104:27-28 “These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.”
Throughout my life, I’ve always been a numbers guy. Math was my favorite subject in grade school, I got excited about business class in high school, and enjoyed my accounting classes in undergrad. The books balance when the debits equal the credits, and if all the numbers match up you’ve done something right.
My fascination with numbers, however, has often complicated my journey of faith. I want things to make sense, and God rains down bread from heaven. I want the numbers to add up, and Christ takes 5 loaves and 2 fish and feeds thousands. I want the logical and analytical, and the Spirit moves through the disciples on Pentecost and all can hear the Word of God spoken in countless languages. The safety of numbers and equations is that there is a right and a wrong answer, but our faith is bigger than binary thinking. Following God happens in the grey areas of life, and trusting God often means letting go of preconceived notions.
When we try to reduce faith to a formula, we often miss the mark. God’s economy is a place where the scales always tip in the favor of love. Even in the hard moments of life the promise of God, through Jesus Christ, reminds us we never walk this road alone. Wherever you find yourself today, may you remember that you are surrounded by the abundant love of God.
By Pr. Jon Fry
Questions for Reflection:
Where have you seen God this week?
How is God’s abundant love present in and through your life?