It is so easy to worry. We are constantly confronted with situations well beyond our control. In contemporary society, we employ a whole industry, the media, to bombard us every morning with updates of all the terrible things that have happened or may happen, most of which are quite beyond our control. It’s easy to worry.
But nothing is beyond God’s control.
The miraculous feeding of the 5,000 reminds us of this very comforting truth. With that great crowd gathered and evening coming on, Jesus’ disciples suggest that it’s time for a benediction and sending the people out to the sandwich shops. Jesus turns the tables, tells the disciples to feed the crowd. They look at the situation and say just what we would say in their shoes: how? It looks impossible. Humanly speaking, it is impossible.
But Jesus is not just a man. Fully human, He is also fully God. What is impossible for us is not impossible for Him. He takes the little they have–five small loaves of bread and two fish–and multiplies it to feed the whole horde.
The miracle is narrated in such a subtle and understated way:
“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over” (Lk. 9:16-17, NIV).
There’s no flashy display of divine power. The bread and fish don’t immediately become huge stockpiles of food in front of everyone’s eyes. But that meager bit of food multiplies, and becomes enough for a 5,000 man feast–with more leftovers than they had to begin with!
Jesus gives a banquet in the wilderness.
He can deal with the things that frighten us, too. Nothing is beyond God’s power. No cry of His child is hidden from His sight. There is a tremendous peace for us, waiting for us to grab hold of it, if we will meditate on God’s ability to provide, and learn to rest in Him.