Fish and Loaves in Excess
It’s time to plan an event at church. So, we carefully make our lists. Schedule the whos, and the whats, and the wheres.
When we’ve got it all worked out we present it in a business meeting, vote on it, fund it, and send it in to motion.
There’s a budget and there’s a plan.
And then something happens.
And God says, “Meet the need.”
But we don’t have enough staff, and we don’t have any budget left, and this definitely wasn’t in the plan!
That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”
But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary–you feed them.”
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.
“Bring them here,” he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.
The disciples might as well have been organized religion from the year 2014. They sound JUST like us.
“Church is over, Jesus. Send these people to town for food.”
And Jesus looks at them like they’re crazy. “Just feed them, fellows. Not a big deal.”
And the disciples still didn’t get it.
“Jesus! Did you see the budget? There isn’t one! And did you see how much was left in the pantry? 5 little fish and 2 loaves of bread. Not enough to feed us, hardly, let alone all these people!”
Can you hear Jesus sigh. Can you hear Him wondering just how long it’s going to take before the get it?
And I have to wonder, how many times do I have to read this encounter before I get it?
God doesn’t need my plan, my budget, or my permission. When God is in it, the amount doesn’t matter. He’ll always bless it, and it will be enough.
What are your fish and loaves? If you bring them to Jesus, He’ll bless them, and there will not only be enough, but leftovers.