A Boy and His Lunch
God is looking for people to stand in the gap. Take the disciples, who were instructed to find food for the hungry multitude – they panicked.
It’s as if they looked at the massive need and it was bigger than they could comprehend. They worried about how they were going to pull this off, feeding some 20,000 people. (5,000 men plus the women and children) Regardless of the odds, the disciples went out into the crowd in search of food.
I wonder if the more they talked to the people, the more they were discouraged. Obviously, no one planned ahead and everyone was hungry and they were getting closer to the kid with the bread and fish. The boy is the only one with food and they’re closing in on him and he probably is sitting on his lunch by now. He figures a squashed lunch versus no lunch is still a meal.
The only person who didn’t need a miracle was the little boy,
but God was about to use him in a mighty way.
A small child standing in the crowd – and God chose him. You are either a person who needs a miracle, like those who were hungry, or you are like the little boy who didn’t really need a miracle, but God can use you in his work.
Often we hold onto our security because it seems what God is asking is impossible. We question the “how” or the “why” only to let the moment pass us by. The obstacle seems too big and the questions even bigger. Have you ever missed a miracle from God because you just couldn’t comprehend it? Can you imagine how many opportunities have slipped by you?
I can just see this kid running home after the feast of fish and loaves. His Mom asks him about his day as he runs into the kitchen. He says, “Mom, you are not going to believe what happened.” She says, “I know you were excited to see Jesus. Something was bothering me today after I packed your lunch this morning, and I was worried because I don’t think I gave you enough food.”
She touches his chin and asks, “Was it enough?’
The boy leaps up and down saying, “I gave it to Jesus and He fed so many people, thousands. My lunch fed thousands. And we still had 12 baskets of food left over after everyone ate.”
The boy will never forget the day God used him. And neither will you if you allow Him to use you. However, nothing will ever happen until you get the lunch out of your hand. We must open the bag and look inside, and see what it is we have to share.
You can always trust Jesus with whatever you have. Open the bag, give it to Him and He will multiply it!
…..Pam Krumpke by way of The Daily Encourager (dlangerfeld@HarrisburgBaptist.org) and “Christian Voices” (www.ChristianVoicesWorldwide.net)