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”.
Do you recall the story of when Jesus and His disciples fed the 5000 with two small fish and five small loaves of bread? Have you ever thought about where that small meal originated?
My mind wanders to the morning when “just a SAHM” packed her son’s lunch. I wonder if she realized she was packing a miracle. My guess is, probably not.
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 (a loaf would be more like a bun for us) to feed 5000 people.
If God worked in ways that made sense we’d have no need for faith. So, true to form, this makes no sense. We must simply believe. And I, personally, have no reason not to believe.
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 school year 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 numbered. I cherish them.
This year, as I pack her lunch and write a scripture verse on her napkin (so she can wipe her mouth with the Word of God), I am so excited to consider that I might just be packing a miracle. (YouVersion easily gives you a scripture for each day. I’m not supermom.)
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.