In John’s Gospel, when Jesus has just fed 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fishes, he seems a little frustrated that most of the people were happy just to have their tummies full, and didn’t look beyond that to think what it meant – what this miracle should have told them about Jesus.
I think we often do the same today. We are happy to watch TV programmes about the vast and amazing diversity of life on this planet, and yet fail to see the Creator behind it. We are happy to use the health system and education system in this country, but fail to look beyond it to the Christian motives of those who first made the effort to help others in this way. We enjoy the benefit of sun and rain without seeing the goodness and grace and faithfulness of God who provides it. We plant our gardens without thinking of the amazing Creator who designed plants to come from tiny seeds.
At the end of the month we will be coming to Easter. Those with some faith may think as I used to, years ago,“O yes, Jesus the Son of God dying on a cross and rising from the dead.” But do we ever think more deeply: What is this all about? Why did this happen? How does this affect me? What does it tell me about God? Is there anything I should do in response? I was going to suggest answers to these questions, but have decided not to. For if you earnestly want to know, you will seek God and He will show you far more clearly than I could ever do. So open your eyes, as Spring springs and Easter comes, to seek the One behind it all, the God who loves you.