When We Aren’t Enough, and Don’t Have Enough

The disciples said to Jesus, “Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.” But Jesus said, You feed them.” “With what?” they asked… “How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.” They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish” … Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them… Afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish… 5000 men and their families were fed. (Mark 6:35-44)

Lord Jesus, our circumstances vary greatly from this story; but each of us face heart-overwhelming circumstances in life. You call us to do things, love well, and trust you—when it’s easy, and when it’s not.

Fortunately, you don’t usually ask us to feed 5000 men and their families. But some relationships, some challenges, some stories feel exactly that impossible. But when our very little is combined with your “a lot,” anything you ask of us will happen—in your time and way, all to your glory.

Jesus, I pray with and for my friends this morning. You know what feels overwhelming and impossible to us. But whether we own a fleet of fishing boats, a bread factory, or are facing “more month left over at the end of the check”—the truth is, we’re always “5-loaves-and-2-fish” disciples. Free us to trust you, and delight in you. Do in us, and through us, that will bring you the most glory. In your merciful and mighty name, we pray, Amen.