Well, but...

Mark 8:11-21: And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand?...And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” They said to him, “Twelve.”

I read a story in 1845 magazine which spoke of frustration experienced as a result of isolation during the pandemic. The article said, “But at this latter stage we (the worried well, at least) needed proof that, though we were stuck at home, our lives were advancing.”

The description “the worried well” can apply in spiritual terms as well as in physical, medical terms. I consider myself among the spiritually ‘well,’ yet I often catch myself worrying about having enough: enough patience, enough courage, enough faith. Will I continue to be favored and saved by God? Will the others find those gifts?

The disciples had seen Jesus perform miracles—most recently feeding five thousand people with a bit of bread and fish—and yet they continued to be the “worried well.” They struggled, as most of us do, to know that the grace and healing of God is always enough. They did not find it easy to translate the physical miracles of Jesus into an understanding of God’s limitless love and power. They believed in God, and they continued to follow Jesus.

But they remained, like many of us, among the “worried well.”

Psalm 80; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Acts 18:1-11

Copyright 2021 by Carol Mead.  For noncommercial use and sharing only. For more information on this ministry, and on a free subscription to these meditations, please contact the author by email (thenewmead@yahoo.com).

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