So what do you do with your leftovers? If you missed reading "Leftovers--Part 1" you can read it here
My Expositor's Bible Commentary says this about John 6:12,13 (NIV)--
In spite of the miraculous power that effectively produced the ample supply, Jesus permitted no waste. Twelve large baskets full of remnants were salvaged--possibly one for each of the disciples--and carried back to Capernaum. The detail of collecting the remaining fragments of bread and fish may have been introduced to emphasize the ample sufficiency that Jesus provided, or it may indicate that He combined generosity with economy.
It's been my experience that God doesn't waste anything.
None of it.
Every joy, every hurt, every experience--good or bad--nothing is wasted.
Tough to handle sometimes.
I don't have an answer. I don't know why bad things happen to good people, or why God lets abuse happen to innocent lives.
But I believe Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)--
" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.' "
Even if we feel used up and leftover, He places us in His basket for His time. We are still part of His plan.
Oh, and my leftovers?
This is how it turned out...so far.
What a difference a new perspective makes.
How about you?
Look at your leftovers through His eyes today. See the beauty He sees when He looks at YOU, His Beloved.