May 24, 2022

Jose Abaroa
“Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” And they did so, and had them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.”
Luke 9:12-17

I often feel tired at the end of a day, especially a long one. After the kids are all in bed, its easy for me to focus on my interests as I scroll through the news cycle or catch up on the recent sports headlines. I imagine, that the disciples must have felt quite tired during this moment. After all, they had done much more than just tucking in a few kids in bed. They had just completed an incredible mission of healing the sick, casting out demons, telling others about Jesus, and so they were probably ready for bed. Instead, they were charged by Jesus to feed 5,000 plus people with merely five loaves and two fish. Thankfully, the disciples looked past their weariness and the desolate conditions around them and they trusted in Jesus. They obeyed His command, and as a result they witnessed one of the most incredible miracles in the Gospels, the feeding of the 5,000.

The fact that Jesus delegates this opportunity to the disciples, further proves God’s desire to use imperfect people for His perfect purposes here on Earth. He wants to provide for all people through His people. He wants to bring Heaven to earth through us!

Father, I pray that we have eyes to see today how you want to use us to provide for someone around us. Maybe through a conversation with someone where we get to share of Your love, or maybe through a loving action of provision. I pray that we are sensitive to Your prompting today. We want to be vessels for Your glory!