“After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him… Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, ‘Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?’ Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’ Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.” John 6:1-3,5-13
Spending time with Jesus takes us into many situations that to our human eyes look impossible. His way is to teach us of Himself, and to engage us in His supernatural workings. And He always nourishes us by our communion. When He presents an opportunity, and nudges me to accept, I can expect His grace to abound. When He calls me to a new task, I can bring my inadequacies and fears and watch Him replace them with His sufficient provision. He gives so much more than I can imagine.
I have Jesus, abiding with me. I have His voice, His instruction. I have resources He has provided, and His shared passion for people and their spiritual hunger. I have His questions that drive me to discover, to dig, to look around and understand in context and use what is available and thus grow in faith. I have His clear, often specific word. I have the gumption to listen and follow, by His grace. I have the example of those who have gone before, and of how God has worked in the past. I have a God to thank for every good and perfect gift. In His name, I can offer all I have and watch Him multiply and feed, in the green grass of His pasture. And He will give leftovers of sustenance, thankfulness, and joy. (2 Corinthians 9:10; James 1:17)
Will I take up the challenge? What loaves and fish have I to offer for His divine multiplication to the hungry?
Father, You call me to a work that above all is believing in You. Teach me so to feed on You that all I give out is spirit and life, and others see You are the Holy One of God. (John 6:29,63,69)