Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.” But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.” “All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said. Jesus said, “Bring them here.” Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed. [Matthew 14:15-21]
Stories like this encourage me. The Bible has a way of doing that.
The disciples are in a bit of a flap, faced with the mother of all dilemmas. What should we do with all these people? How do we feed them? How do move them on without offending or upsetting them?
What should I do? How will I? Common enough questions for us all. When I become overwhelmed by any of life’s challenges, when I can’t seem to see a way through, or when an answer looks unlikely, this story provides me great confidence.
Three small words. Three small words which begin a miracle. Three small words which Jesus took a hold of and was able to do the seemingly impossible with.
‘ALL WE HAVE’
Ever felt like that. ‘All I have’. You look at what’s available and kind of say to yourself ‘All I have is this’. Maybe you look at it and say to yourself, It’s not much, it won’t really make any difference, it can’t match the problem, it’ll never work.
I love that this doesn’t bother Jesus. Instead He just desires that we give what we have to him and then to leave the rest up to Him. It means our responsibility is simple ~ bring what we have, even though we may consider it small & insignificant, and trust Him to use it well. Only then can the miracle begin. Something beyond our imagination may just start to unfold.
Don’t know what to do? Can’t see a way through? Then ask yourself the question ~ what do I have? What small thing can I put in the hands of Jesus? Then wait in faith and see what might happen.