His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”
“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”
Matthew 15: 33 – 34
I love cooking competition shows. I am not a good cook, but I love when the people in these shows are given so few ingredients to work with, and they have to create this amazing meal using those few ingredients. It makes them think outside of their comfort zone, outside of what they know. What maybe seemed impossible becomes possible when it comes to nourishing people.
Jesus and the disciples have been with people, as Jesus has been healing them. They have been there for three days, and haven’t eaten much if anything at all. Along with healing them, Jesus wants to give these people food. Now comes the question of what ingredients do they have in order to make food for all these people. The disciples see the few ingredients, and the lack of possibility. Jesus looks out at the people, and sees possibility.
We know what is getting ready to happen, but before we get there, let us take a moment to see that Jesus made something out of what everyone else thought was really nothing.
Prayer: Amazing God, you show us what is possible, even when we don’t see that it is possible. You remind us again and again that you can take very little, and make something so amazing. Help us to believe in you, and believe that even when things don’t seem possible, there is a way forward that will make something possible. Help us to not give up, even when we don’t see a way forward. Amen.
Action: During this week, when you find yourself ready to give up hope, take time to pray for a way forward to be opened to you. Don’t give up hope. Take what you have been given, and make something that nourishes many people.