|The Spirit and the Word
There is a Lad Here
"Alan Mc Savage"
After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.
2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.
3 And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
4 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.
5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?"
6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
7 Philip answered Him,"two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little."
8 one of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him,
9 "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"
The disciples were faced with five thousand problems all at once - and did not know what to do. The situation looked hopeless enough and the way out remote. It was exactly as the man who must "raise" a certain number of dollars in a given space of time - and has apparently nowhere to get them. Words, ideas, beliefs were but sterile agitations of thought. They would get nowhere.
Already the hungry men, who had followed Jesus into the desert for three days, were murmuring and complaining.
It never occurred to them that perhaps they had something to do within themselves. They were following a "miracle worker" and expecting His miracles to go on forever.
He was attempting at least to stir them to the elevation of doing the miracles.
The disciples talked among themselves as the situation grew more acute. But Jesus went away without moving physically from the whole thing. He went into the Consciousness of the Christ, He entered His Booth, which is the prerogative of every man - and presently one of the disciples came to him with the announcement:
"There is a lad here ..."
And this lad had five loaves and two fish. There is always a lad in the picture He is right in the midst of the problem which seems so overwhelming, but he is so little and so insignificant he is usually brushed aside in the fury of trying to get something or making something happen on a big scale.
Jesus always went away from the picture, no matter what it represented. It is of little use to put a new idea into a mind already filled with the problem. You cannot change a picture merely by gazing at the negative.
Recently my wife took a picture of myself that I did not like, BUT, I could not change it once it was taken.
When I was a little boy, my grandfather who was an engineer in the British Army during World War One, gave me a little box.Inside of the box was one of his medals and a glass plate. the plate was about 2 1/2"x4" and when you looked at it and held it up to the light, you could dimly see a negative of my Grandfather.
When I knew him he was an old man that suffered from the effects of mustard gas from the war.
The picture on the negative was of a young man before the war.
But no matter how hard you looked at the little plate it did not change my Grandfathers face or his condition.
When Jesus went away to the place He called "I go unto my Father," He went to the place of consciousness, the Virginal Mind of God, where upon was cast the new picture, or the answer
When this was done, there was the subtle contact between the seen and the unseen - there was the "lad" with the five loaves and two fish which turned the whole picture into harmony.
The negative is the five thousand hungry men, the positive is the “lad.” with the five loaves and two fish
There is always the handful of flour, the three drops of oil, the dregs of wine: - there is always the point from which the new picture can take on form and shape. There is always the LIFE of GOD in the midst of us - no matter how low the flame seems to have burned. "A mountain cannot stop the progress of a cloud."
In our excitement, we fail to see the "lad." He is too insignificant - but he is the "grain of mustard seed" that does the work.
Once this is recognized, the power of the pure consciousness of Christ - which has been entered into will take care of the manifestation. No one knows the manner of the miracle or the expression, for "I have a way you know not of" - a way that is "past finding out."
The only thing you can do is to leave the picture of confusion or lack as quickly as possible, taking nothing of it with you, and enter into the Christ Consciousness; the Virginal Mind of God. Once having seen or felt this new picture or recognition, the manifestation will come through. The "lad" will always be there with his five loaves and two fishes.
This "lad" has appeared many times. We see the same thing taking place in the case of Naaman the Leper. There is "a little maid" “a young girl” here - and she had the password unto the so-called miracle. Interesting that both of these keystones to the miracle should have been children. Again we see the need of the unspoiled innocence; - instead of trying to operate from conclusions derived from the mind which is filled with the problem. The adult clutters things up and then tries to tidy them up. The moment you really "go unto the Father" your mind is set into divine order - and the five thousand hungry men are fed.
There is "a young girl" here. She had the WORD of revelation which was mightier than all the power of Naaman, in spite of his great military power.
2 Kings 5:1-3
Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife.3 Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.
When you awaken to your true heritage, you will see there is always "a lad here" - there is always "a little maid or young girl" here. There is always that point of manifestation - no matter what the problem may present on the outside. Do you hear?
There is a lad or a little maid right here NOW.
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