Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up.“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”- John 6:8-9
John's account of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is one of my favorite stories from the New Testament. It is easy to dismiss it as simply a story for children but there is a lot more to it than people simply sitting down one day and having a picnic.
There is a boy who was willing to share all that he had with Jesus. Do we ever stop to consider that this boy could have easily simply just consumed the food he had with him before heading home? After all, it was his. Someone, whether it was his mother or himself, had the forethought to do what no one else in the crowd had done. He not only came to see Jesus; he was prepared to spend the day with Jesus.
This boy offered up all that he had to Jesus unconditionally. For all he knew, Andrew was going to take his food to Jesus for His dinner and the boy would be without. You see, Jesus had not yet revealed what He was about to do yet there is no evidence that the boy was the concerned in the least. If Jesus wanted his five loaves of bread and two fish... well then Jesus could have them!
Jesus took what was given to Him and He blessed it. Do we understand what was going on here and how this applies to our own lives? We cling to our "stuff" whether it be our money, position, relationships, ambitions, hopes and even our own will. We talk about putting these things into His hands but in reality do we really do it?
My husband and I have had to let go of a lot of things over the past few years. One could argue that we did not have any control over some of those things and we didn't but we did control how we responded to loss. Could we confidently even place our losses into His hands and walk away, leaving them there?
Amazing things happen when we release things so that they can pass through God's hands, walk away and let Him do what He will with them. Will we?