Matthew 14:13-21 tells the story of Jesus, after being followed by a big crowd of people to a remote area on the shores of Galilee, feeding over 5000 people with only 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread.
It's a pretty simple story--there was a need and Jesus took care of it. He multiplied what was available and had his helpers distributed it to the masses.
Matthew 14 tells the story of John the Baptist's death by King Herod's hand. Jesus grew up with John - they were close buddies. So when Jesus was told of John's death, he was saddened and Matthew 14: 13 says he took off alone in a boat to a remote area, I'm sure to spend some time morning and thinking about his friend John.
Got out for a few hours this morning on Taneycomo. Water running--didn't surprise me--but the amount of water they were running did. Saturday? Two units? Really? Banks were lined with anglers, most frustrated by the high water I'm sure. The happy ones were the guys in the prime spots at the outlets.
We actually messed around at Lookout Island for a while, fishing a zebra under a palsa, throwing at midging rainbows at the current's edge and caught a few but they weren't liking our zebras much so we headed to the dam to try jigs. We had our hearts set on fishing midges but... the Corp messed our plans up too.
Fishing -- and catching -- on Lake Taneycomo lately has been awfully good, according to our guides and most of anglers we talk to. Generation has been unpredictable, running some days and not running other days with no real pattern. I'd normally advise checking the Southwest Power Administration site but be warned . . . the generation schedule has been wrong at least two days in the last week. Our water temperature is an amazing 47 degrees. I say amazing because it has stayed around 47 for almost three months. Normally our water temperature from Table Rock Lake rises into the mid 50's in the fall, but that just hasn't happened. Dissolved oxygen levels seem to be very good, too, since our trout are fighting just as hard as they normally fight in the winter and spring.
Jesus is speaking to a crowd in parables (Matt 13). His disciples asked why He spoke this way and Jesus said it was so that those that could hear would hear His intent and those who could not hear would not. Some would "get it" and some would not. What made the difference was each individual's HEART.
Jesus quotes Isaiah 6:9-10
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.