Loaves and Fishes


Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. Matthew 14: 19-20

I’ve never given much thought to the story of Jesus and the crowd fed with only a few fish and loaves of bread.  I’ve thought it miraculous, yes.  But applicable?  Not really.

But a prayer program I listen to made me think about that story.

If God could multiply two small fish and five loaves of bread to enable thousands of people to eat - with much left over, isn’t he able to multiply the abilities we have left?

Can He take the limited resources we can still muster - and multiply them in ways we can’t imagine?

I spend a lot of time feeling useless.  I don’t seem to be able to write as much as I did before.  My artwork lies unfinished.  There seems to be little left for me to offer.

Yet, if viewed through the lens of the story of the fishes and loaves, I have to rethink it all.

Maybe one short devotional can impact more than I know.  That one encouragement card I can send?  Maybe God will use it to bless beyond what I can imagine.  

The times I tell my “God did this for me” stories in the hospital?  Maybe I can’t even fathom what God might do with those words.

I can tell I am limiting God … again.

I put Him in a small box and pretty much dictate what I think He can do.

Just like the disciples who thought it was impossible to feed a huge crowd, I find myself limiting how I think God can use me.

I wonder how many of us feel that way?  That after all the things that have been taken away from us, we are pretty much useless to God.

Isn’t it amazing to think that God can take the tiniest thing we might be able to do and multiply it to where it’s not recognizable.

I guess what I’m saying, once again, is don’t give up.  Don’t under-estimate how God can still use you.

Be open to His voice and His promptings.

Even if it seems small.  In consequential.  Perhaps just smiling at someone who looks as if they need one - or uttering a short prayer for someone.

God can take that small act and multiply and multiply and multiply …

So, let’s be us - and let God be God.

Be willing …

and let Him take it from there.

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