Imagine sitting in a grassy area by the Sea of Galilee in ancient Palestine and seeing a man named JESUS heal the sick around you? It must be an amazing sight to see! In the book of Matthew found in the New Testament; chapter 14, verses 13-21; there is a real story of crowds gathering around Jesus, in hopes to have their family or friends healed. The day passes quickly and the disciples of Jesus are concerned that it is late and no food is available for the crowds. Jesus tells them: “..give them some food yourselves. But they said to him, Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” What is Jesus’ response? Bring them here to me. He takes the five loaves and two fish, blesses them, breaks the loaves and gave them to the disciples who in turn gave them to the crowds.” Thousands ate that day!
Who can you relate to in this story? For myself…I can relate to the disciples, in my own mind I am wondering- I only have five loaves and two fish…how in the world can I feed all these people? How can my loaves help? Ahh…but Jesus’ response is the same today…bring them here to me!
Yes, we can bring the resources and gifts we already have (our “little loaves” ) to Jesus. If we humbly approach the compassionate heart of Jesus trusting in His Providence, He will provide for us out of His love and mercy.
“Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)