One Child’s Meal

Ericka Loynes

Read: John 6:1-14

There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish . . . (v. 9)

When the little girls in her neighborhood thought vegetables came in a can, Dawn Blackman realized families in her area didn’t have nearby options for buying fresh produce. What could she do? She owned a dress shop. The time she spent driving the girls to a grocery store, offering them healthy foods, and showing them how to grow sprouts in her shop didn’t seem like enough. One day, Dawn heard about a garden project someone was starting in her community. Led by the girls’ interest and enthusiasm, she and the girls learned how to garden. Before long, Dawn was managing that same garden and seeing hundreds of people in her community have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Jesus sees the need to feed the thousands of people who have been following him. Surprised by Jesus’ request, his disciples assess the situation and report back: five thousand men, not including women and children; one boy with five loaves of bread and two fish; and a low cash reserve. They conclude that feeding the crowd is impossible. Any rational person would agree. Jesus, however, transcends reason. He takes the boy’s meal and not only feeds the thousands, but also fills twelve baskets from the leftovers.

In our hands alone, what we have can look insignificant. We can’t assume our little bit isn’t enough. If we put what we have in the hands of Jesus, he can take it and make a great impact. —Ericka Loynes

As you pray, give God thanks for all of the little things you give us.