That must have been quite special, the miraculous feeding of the five thousand! Mark wrote how there were about five thousand men, and this did not include women and children. So there could have been up to twenty thousand people. When they became hungry, Jesus said to his students: “You give them some food”. They answered: “We will not be able to buy enough bread in this area!” But Jesus had a plan. He had the people seated in small groups and asked: “What do you have?” They had five loaves of bread and two fish.
You know what happens next: Jesus took the bread and fish, looked up to heaven, spoke a prayer of blessing and while the disciples held the baskets under his hands, He continued to multiply the bread.
But that is not what it says! Mark wrote that Jesus broke the bread and then gave it to his disciples to distribute. Jesus had two loaves of bread and two fish, so if you divide that over twelve disciples, then it is an easy math sum. Two disciples were given a fish, and the other ten were each given half a loaf to distribute. But when they went to the people to pass out the bread, breaking off a piece for them, it multiplied, not in the hands of Jesus, but in the hands of his disciples!
When we give something to Jesus, He can always make more out of it. We are so often focused on what we do not have and on what we cannot do. Start by being thankful for what you do have, just like Jesus. And what you do not have, Jesus will give to you. He will give it back to you, so that you can see the miracle take place through your own hands. Do you dare to believe that supernatural things can happen through you?
“How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”