When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand?
Matthew 16: 5 – 8
There is nothing worse than when you have been trying to explain something to someone for a long time, and they still don’t get it. You have been teaching them, showing them through examples, and trying to hammer home your lesson, and they are just not getting it. I can only imagine the frustration I have caused different people who have tried to teach me something, and I have totally missed the point, and haven’t understood what they were trying to teach me.
Jesus has been teaching the disciples about the things of heaven. He has been teaching them something that requires them to step away from what they know, and what is comfortable, and they miss it. Here again, Jesus has been teaching, and the disciples have totally missed what he has been teaching, and are worried about whether or not they have enough bread. They have forgotten the nourishment Jesus provides, and the love and care Jesus provides.
The good news is that Jesus keeps teaching. When we don’t get it, when we miss the point, Jesus pulls us back, and gets us back in the lesson. We just need to keep learning how to follow Jesus, and keep practicing. Don’t give up, even when it doesn’t make sense. Keep going, and ask for help.
Prayer: Loving God, there are times in our lives when we miss the point, when we don’t see what you are trying to show us and teach us. When we don’t understand, grant us patience and grace to keep going, and not give up when we think we will never get it. Help us keep our eyes on you, and continue following you. Amen.
Action: Keep going, even when you think you will never understand.