(About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve baskets full of broken pieces that were left over. (Luke 9:14-17)
My son volunteered at a Christian thrift store. Not all the items dropped off met the charity’s requirements for selling. Some items were given to charities that distribute to the poor. The items kept required organization for pricing and display. It was the donor’s job to share and my son’s job to organize and distribute. God fulfilled the miracle of meeting everyone’s needs.
Jesus performed the miracle of providing food to 5,000 men and their families having only a small amount of food to work with. A basket full of food was left over for each of the Twelve. The apostles were fed again as they were fed on their mission trip. This miracle of God’s provision was so important that all four gospel writers included it. Hopefully, the apostles understood God’s message this time. He is fully capable of providing abundance from shortage. It is our job to organize, share, and distribute as the apostles did with this harvest.
Dearest heavenly Father, thank you for your provisions and giving me abundant love and peace when I have a shortage. Let me have the courage to ask for miracles when one is needed to follow your will. In Jesus precious name I pray. Amen.