Mark 6:30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35 When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; 36 send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And all ate and were filled; 43 and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.
When Jesus sent the disciples in pairs to minister in nearby villages they were told not to take anything for the journey – no extra clothes, food, money, nothing. Just the clothes on their backs and perhaps a walking stick. They were to depend on God to provide for them via the hospitality of strangers. V.30 above suggests God was faithful in their travels.
So here we have a story in which the need is not for one or two people, or for several pairs of disciples, but for thousands of people. I’m sure they were freaked out by Jesus’ direction to feed the people. THOUSANDS of people! With what?! They saw the massive need and their meager store of food and probably shook their heads. No way. But then… God blessed what they had and it was enough.
This kind of thing happens to me sometimes too. I have faith for small things, but not bigger things. Scale tends to throw me off, but I have to remember. Our God is able to overcome any need. ANY need. YOUR need. MY need. OUR need.
There are some bigs needs in my life, needs of people I love a great deal. They seem enormous to me. Impossible even. But this morning our story is helping me break out of my small thinking. Lord I believe, help my unbelief. Amen.