Five Little Loaves

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “five.”


Five little loaves and two small fish…

It didn’t seem like very much… Certainly not enough to feed a crowd of over five thousand men (not to mention the women and children).

I wonder how the little boy felt as he offered what he had.

I wonder how Andrew felt as he approached Jesus.  His words give us a clue:

“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish.  But what good is that with this huge crowd?”  (John 6:9 NLT)

I often feel the same.

I see the need, and I want to help, but, when I look at what I have, I think, “What good is that?”

I can think of at least two of those situations right now.  I just don’t feel like I have enough.

Not enough courage, not enough wisdom, not enough experience, not enough skills, not enough faith…

What good is that?

As it turns out, in Jesus’ hands, five little loaves can be plenty.  Not only good enough for everyone to be fed, but enough for twelve baskets of leftovers!

Maybe it’s not so much about what we have as whether we offer it to him!

And maybe this sense of inadequacy is a good thing, a reality check, because it points me beyond my “not enough” to his abundance.

Maybe five little loaves is all it takes.

13 thoughts on “Five Little Loaves

  1. Every person has a gift
    to offer while they’re living.
    A drain to clean, a load to lift,
    or maybe some forgiving.
    We may not know the very size
    of what’s held in our hands,
    but, to some, it may be prize
    unheard of in their lands.
    Your open smile and open heart
    will open heaven’s vaults,
    and your deeds will set apart
    in grace, your human faults.
    So give, and be sufficient-bold
    to not demand what fate’s foretold.

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  2. Good morning, Lesley, I love this post. I recently heard a musician sing about this very passage. Her point echoes yours. We offer what we have, and God multiplies it! I am praying for you today. Have a beauty-full Saturday. In Christ, Julie

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  3. Not enough. I often feel this way. Love your take on it, Lesley: “And maybe this sense of inadequacy is a good thing, a reality check, because it points me beyond my “not enough” to his abundance.”

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