Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sunday the lesson was from the Gospel of Mark. What caught me attention besides the feeding of the 5000 from 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, was the sentence: "Then he (Jesus) ordered them (the disciples) to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass."
I imagine this crowd that has followed Jesus out into a deserted place, milling about, stirring up the dust of the desert-y wilderness. Sort of like the part of Wyoming between Shoshone and Casper - rocky, scrubby land without much water. They are really lost, it is getting dark, and they are hungry. Fear is lurking in their hearts. As the sun begins to set, Jesus asks the disciples - so what kind of resources do we have here? They thought they were going to go on retreat with Jesus - he had said "come away and rest," be part of the "in crowd" - hanging out with the master. Now they are faced with an impossible task and only a bit of bread and fish. The crowd's fear becomes their fear - it is catching that way.
This is the moment when Jesus says - go sit on the green grass. Green grass - when had that appeared? If you have not lived in the dry parts of the world - you might not see the significance of green grass. Green grass means water, oasis, resting place, abundance. A sign of God's abundance in the midst of our dry lives. The feeding continues - it fills their physical hunger - and more. If feeds the hunger of the heart. Lying about on green grass, cool, refreshed, resting. We become like children, kick off our shoes and sandals, roll down the hills, scamper after butterflies.
Take the last days of July and find some green grass for your life.