The story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 has been told countless times throughout history. The masses of people. The lack of food. The little boy. The five loaves. The two fish (why do we say 'fishes'?).
And I love how God takes the ordinary.. the picture we've seen over and over since we first painted it in our minds eye as a little child, and points out a small detail for the first time changing the whole scene.
Here's the story or at least the part I want you to see:
37 But he (Jesus) answered, “You give them something to eat.”
They (the disciples) said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”
When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks... Mark 6
He gave thanks.
Jesus gave thanks.
What He held in His hands was the only answer to His problem.
It was tangible.
It was real.
And it was far short of what He needed for this moment.
Still... He gave thanks.
God spoke to my heart this morning as I cried out to Him about my wants... my
in-my-opinion needs. My desires. And He took me there... there to stand with Him before the crowds of people as Jesus lifted up the little that He had and gave thanks.
Jesus gave thanks for what He knew... was... not... enough!
What do your masses look like? What are the problems you're standing before? Does your only solution seem drastically inadequate? Paltry? Even laughable?
Take heart! Jesus has stood there too! And the beauty of gratitude is that within that thankfulness, Jesus discovered abundance.