19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20“And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” – Mark 8:19-21
Do you ever feel a little slow on the uptake? Maybe you get frustrated because something just isn’t making sense to you. I take comfort from the disciples. They had been a part of the miraculous feeding of large crowds not once, but twice. Mark relates a story where the disciples realize at some point after both of these miracles that they only brought one loaf on the boat with them. Apparently, when Jesus mentions leaven in the midst of their situation, they immediately become anxious about this bread deficit. It is almost comical that this group of men could still find the concern to worry about not having enough bread with all that they had seen before this point. But Jesus, while seeming to be a little frustrated, still takes the time to simply remind them of what they have already seen and what they should already know. May God remind you today of those things that are too easily forgotten in your life as well, whatever that may be.