The Never-Ending Bottle

You know the story in the Bible where Jesus fed 5,000? In case you don’t, here it is.

Matthew 14:13-18 (NIV)

When Jesus heard what had happened (John the Baptist was beheaded), he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.  As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”  Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”  “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.  “Bring them here to me,” he said.  And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

My favorite part of this story is not about the actual feeding; (which by the way is MUCH more than 5,000.  The actual counted were the men, not the women and children), but that ALL ate.  ALL were satisfied. AND there were TWELVE basketFULS of food left over!

For days now I have reflected on this miracle that was given to us through scripture.

The reason.

The never ending shampoo bottle that is in my shower.

Just over three months ago, I bought a larger bottle of shampoo with a pump because it was on sale and cheaper to buy that vs however many bottles of .99 shampoo would have cost to equal the same amount.

I wash my hair just about every day, but lets say 5 days a week out of 7, just to be fair.  When I wash my hair, it is washed twice.  My daughter washes her hair 3 to 5 days a week and my son, 2 to 4, pending if he played in the mud or not. 

That is approximately (and on the low side) 204 hair washes in just over three months.  

This might seem like nothing to you; but it is huge for me.  

God is meeting the needs of our family by stretching out what we already have.

I believe there are instances like these all around me (and you) where God is providing and meeting our day to day needs.

I hope He reveals your blessings of provisions to you this day!

Stacey 

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