I love when I'm reading God's Word and I can totally relate to a stupid thing someone does. I do stupid things. A lot. So when a believer in the Bible acts like a dummy, but is also eventually used in great ways, it gives me much encouragement and hope. God can still use dummies. We're not doomed to dummyness all of the time, because we have His power.
I was reading about a prime example of that today in Mark. Jesus was experiencing hoards of people following Him and marveling at His miracles and teachings. He had just fed a group of over 5,000 men (which could have added up to 20,000 people when you throw in women and children) with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mark 6).
He was healing people left and right. His disciples should have expected these crazy awesome things by the time we hit Mark 8. But no. Let's read verses 1-8.
"About this time another large crowd had gathered, and the people ran out of food again. Jesus called his disciples and told them, 'I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will faint along the way. For some of them have come a long distance.'
His disciples replied, 'How are we supposed to find enough food to feed them out here in the wilderness?'"
Um. What. Are you kidding me, disciples?
Can someone please knock them upside their heads? Can they be fired from their disciple jobs?
This group of people consisted of 4,000 men. Less than the time before. So why in the world could they not think back to the last time they were in that exact same situation and had leftovers from five measly loaves and two little fishies?
Because they're human. They're sinners. They can be dumb. They forget easily. Like the Israelites. Like David, a man after God's own heart. Like Saul, before he was Paul.
God blesses me every single day. He has pulled me through so many struggles and trials. But for some reason, whenever I enter another trial, I tend to ask, "Lord, howEVER will I get through this? WhatEVER shall I do?"
And then someone needs to knock me upside my head.
Just like every other trial I've ever gone through, just like when God provided for me the time before, God never fails me. Why does this leave my mind so quickly? Just like the disciples, I can be in awe of what God does for me in my struggle and then panic the very next time it happens.
I'm so glad Jesus didn't fire the disciples or punch them or leave them in their whiny state. He gave them grace and taught them more and helped them grow into brave, influential warriors for Christ.
I'm also glad that the Bible records the dumb things that they said. Failure can be inspirational. Especially when you know the ones who fail have successes that are of eternal importance.
So next time a trial sneaks up on me and I feel a panic mode coming on, I need to give myself a brief history lesson. It would take about 2 seconds. I need to say to myself, Self, has God ever let you down before? No. Has God always been in control with a perfect plan? Yes. Alright then. Trust Him.