“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.”
Mark 6:41-44 NIV
Two different times, as recorded in the New Testament, Jesus took a small amount of food, multiplied it miraculously and fed a huge multitude. In the instance recorded in Mark 6 (as well as in Matthew 14, Luke 9 and John 6 — the only miracle other than the resurrection of Christ afforded such an honor to be mentioned in all four Gospels), these facts are known: Jesus taught a multitude of 5,000 men, plus women and children. It was in a remote area, a desert place near Bethsaida, and when it got late, the disciples suggested that the people should be dismissed to go buy something to eat. Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat” (verse 37).
Several points stand out that should help us see ourselves more clearly today:
• We tend to procrastinate (verse 35), pass the buck (verse 36) and worry (verse 37) when we truly, desperately need a miracle. There is a better way!
• Preparation for a miracle requires an honest accounting of the current situation (verse 38). The people were hungry. It was late. With perhaps 15,000 or more people on hand (counting women and children), the situation could have quickly become desperate. God always starts with what we have and where we are.
• As with the lad who volunteered his five loaves and two fish, we must willingly give God what we have (verse 38).
• We can expect God to work miracles (verse 42). That is what He does! He desires to pour out miracles and multiplication upon His children.
Saint Augustine said, “Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.” Get honest with God about your need. Don’t become satisfied and complacent with the way things are today. Prepare for miracles. Expect God’s intervention. Then get ready for a new dimension of life!