September 27

“When Jesus heard what had happened, 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.” Matthew 14:13-21

We serve a God who enjoys showing how awesome He is and who is able to do so much with so very little. When Jesus refused to send the crowd home to buy bread in the village after a long day of healing people, He took five loaves of bread and two fish and multiplied them to feed five thousand people. This act left the disciples standing in awe with their arms wrapped around twelve remaining baskets of bread.

God loves to impress and display His providence. And, I pray that He does the same through the process of raising money and constructing a new athletic multipurpose center.

Within the story are two groups of people: the disciples and the crowd.

The disciples were tired (how could they not be?) and were trying to manage this complicated logistical situation the best that they knew how. In their finiteness, the best course of action was to have the crowd return to the village to buy food and eat before it became too late. However, they had lost sight of who it was that they served and failed to remember how easily the man with a following of five thousand people could have provided for each of them.

Jesus’ response to the disciples and the subsequent miracle were an opportunity for Him to teach them more about who He was and what He was able to do, which was so much more than they were capable of doing themselves. One of my prayers is that we as a school community will experience in our hearts something similar to what the disciples experienced as we watch God create and provide in ways that we do not see coming. And, that He will reveal our weakness and His strength to us, drawing us closer to Him.

Another prayer I have is that people outside of our school who are seeking truth will participate in something at our school similar to what the crowd experienced while sitting in the grass that day at the feet of Jesus – that when they enter our facilities and come into contact with the unique love of Christ, they will exit having been transformed by Him. Let’s pray that people currently outside of our school community will witness what He is doing at Hill Country Christian School, and that generations to come will be impacted before and after the new facility is built.

As we pray for and anticipate our facility expansion, may God shine a spotlight on His awesome nature and abilities and allow us to see His glory in more ways than we could ever have dreamed or imagined (Ephesians 3:20).

Craig Bland
Director of Christian Life; Parent, Classes of 2028, 2030, and 2032

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