14 Feb 2017
Sometimes it happens that when people get older they lose their independence. Maybe they’re not supposed to drive a car anymore. Maybe they need a caretaker to come in and help. Maybe they even need help with bathing and eating. And that can be a frustrating thing, especially for someone who really treasures their independence, their ability to “do it myself.”
But this is where Jesus is trying to take each of us. He’s trying to bring his people to an understanding that, ultimately, we have to depend on God; we can’t do it all by ourselves. That’s the “leaven of the Pharisees” Jesus talks about: the idea that my salvation is dependent on me; that my security and peace is entirely dependent on what I do.
When the disciples realized they’d only brought one loaf of bread into the boat, that’s when Jesus cautioned them. He didn’t want them to start thinking that their survival (or failure) depended on their ability to remember to bring enough bread along. They had Jesus with them. All they had to do was stop worrying and let Jesus handle it, and they would be fine.
We can’t do everything ourselves, and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a very good thing to just let God take care of us.