I had my first online staff meeting with Rebecca Bender Ministries yesterday. This is the start of a new chapter for me that will be filled with amazing stories, I’m sure. I’m super excited to be a part of this ministry!
As the meeting began, Rebecca started out with a short devotion. She spoke briefly of how the story about feeding the 5000 kept coming up in her life. She mentioned a perspective of this story that I’d never heard before.
She said that we often shortchange ourselves. We think we’re “just this” or “just that”. I’m “just a SAHM” or I’m “just packing a lunch”. Rebecca said she wondered if the “just a SAHM” realized when she “just packed her son’s lunch” that she was packing a miracle.
Go back and read that last paragraph again. Make sure you catch that last part.
At the beginning of John 6, the story goes that Jesus fed at least 5000 people, using ordinary people, the disciples, to serve to those who were hungry. He also used a basket with 2 small fish and 5 small loaves of bread that “just a SAHM” packed for her son that morning. 2 small fish and 5 small loaves (probably like a bun for us) to feed 5000 people. I’ve mentioned before that if God worked in ways that made sense we’d have no need for faith. So, true to form, this makes no sense. We simply believe. And I, personally, have no reason not to believe. (I mean, we’ve been to outdoor music concerts of 5000 or more and somehow the marijuana supply seems to reproduce in miraculous quantities so it’s not that far-fetched if you really think about it. Yes, I just put Jesus and marijuana in the same paragraph. No, I’m not saying Jesus supplies marijuana at concerts so hold your comments on that one.)
Back on topic…
For most of my kid’s school days I felt strongly about making them a healthy breakfast and packing their lunch. I wanted to set them up for a successful day of learning. They all mostly detested buying lunches at school anyway so it worked out well for me.
This is the beginning of a new school year. Are you “just a SAHM”? I was/am. Or maybe you consider yourself “just a something else”? This concept still applies.
As my daughter and final child living at home starts her 11th grade year of school in a few days, I will get up early, make her breakfast and pack her a lunch. Yeah, she could do it herself but I want to while I can. My days of being able to do this are almost over so I cherish them.
This year, as I pack her lunch and write a scripture verse on her napkin (The Word of God is wiped all over her lips. Isn’t that awesome!?!), I am so excited to consider that I might just be packing a miracle. Btw, it’s not at all hard to find a scripture each day. Bible apps with “scripture of the day” is typically what I use. I use YouVersion. A scripture, a folded white paper towel and a colored pen just to make it prettier. Get you a set when you go buy some school supplies and keep them in your kitchen.
I wonder if the little boy with his basket of fish and bread realized he was carrying a miracle. I wonder if my daughter, when she sets out for her day with lunch in hand, will be carrying a miracle.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the sign she had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.