Jesus said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” And when they found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” (Mark 6:38)
I can only imagine how the disciples must have felt that day…Jesus had given them what it seemed to be an impossible task. They must have been saying to themselves, “Come on, Jesus! You want us to feed this crowd, this crowd of 5000 people with this….two small fish and five teeny little loaves of barley bread?!”
Of course, they should have known better, but at least for the moment, they had forgotten that Jesus had a way of making a lot out of very little.
Certainly, we as individuals often face circumstances and responsibilities that seem so much bigger than our resources. Sometimes, we’d be grateful even to have just those two fish and five loaves!
And, sometimes, we as a church family may feel also like that. We look around at our community and we can become overwhelmed at the huge responsibility of truly making in a difference in our little corner of the world. All those hungry and needy souls…We see the need and it is so great and we wonder how we, with our limited resources can possibly even begin to give them what they need. But see, it’s not a question of resources…it’s a question of commitment. Jesus is telling us to entrust our meager resources to him and he will fill the need. When Jesus instructed the disciples to feed the crowd of thousands, they only had five loaves of bread and two tiny fish. And yet in the Master’s hands, that was enough.
We will never be able to meet every need or situation that we encounter…but that’s ok. Jesus doesn’t ask us to give what we do not have. Jesus only asks that we look at what we do have, offering it to him, and trusting him to make it enough. When we do that, miracles happen and people are fed!
Grace & Peace,