We like to call that Camp Indiana.
Monte deemed it that when we were first married.
He loves visiting Camp Indiana where sandwiches and milk shakes
just appear without ordering them and time seems to somehow slow down.
I’ll get into more of that later.
We were able to attend church with my parents.
They have a new minister.
He has an Irish heritage and explained that the word galore is actually from the Irish word ga leor or ga’lore which means plenty or enough. It’s used as the response to “How are you?”
“Ga leor” meaning, I have plenty. It's enough.
It was cool the way he said it with the Irish accent.
The dictionary defines the word as “in abundance”.
If you hear of a sale with “shoes galore” you don’t think of just enough.
You think MORE than enough--shoes piled up in every size and color and style.
In that case, God only provided what could be used that day, nothing leftover.
Ga leor. Enough.
As it usually works with me, our youth pastor, Dave, preached on this very same subject this Sunday.
Did you know that this particular miracle is the ONLY one listed in all four gospels? Other than the crucifixion, it’s the only story repeated by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
I think God was trying to get His point across.
Dave explained it in terms of missions. And we have ALL been called to be missionaries. He had three points from John 6: 1-13:
1. God will test your faith by pushing you
outside of your comfort zone.
The disciples were freaking out about feeding all those people. They thought they’d have to pay for it, knowing they wouldn’t have enough money. They didn’t even ask Jesus to help.
They just explained how impossible the situation was.
(As a party planner, I can relate to the disciples’ panic just a wee bit!)
2. God calls the church to embody the
practical compassion of Jesus.
When Jesus looked at that tired, hungry crowd of 5,000 people, he felt love and compassion towards them. He WANTED to take care of them. We need to pray for God’s eyes for His people in need.
3. God can use what little you have to accomplish
more than you could ever imagine.
God can make ga leor galore. He lavishes us with his abundant love yet He is always enough.
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”
There was that word plenty again.
I shared the ga leor vs. galore sermon.
God’s word is so good to bless others even through someone
who couldn’t remember everything about the galore sermon.
In fact, when a very shocking, morally corrupt situation cropped up later in the week, it was that very friend that shared that sermon right back to me.
God is our “just enough” and our “lavish abundance”.
His grace is sufficient yet He also lavishes it on us richly with all wisdom and understanding.
He is our Shepherd yet he lovingly calls us His children.
I can just picture that scene of 5,000 (not counting women and children, which would have put it at over 10,000 people) sitting on the green hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee, all being fed “more than enough”. Like sheep grazing on a hillside with the loving Shepherd watching over them.