Sometimes you get the opportunity to listen to an old bible story and hear it in a brand new way. And, sometimes you learn how little things can become big miracles.
As the story goes, word got out that Jesus was in town and within hours thousands had gathered. No one is quite sure how many were there in total as in those days only men were counted and there were five thousand. But, we do know that women and children would have been there as well so the estimate is around 15,000. As Jesus continued preaching throughout the day the disciples were hungry and assumed the crowd was as well but they did not have any food. A boy provided his lunch, 2 fish and five loaves, which Jesus blessed and then asked the disciples to distribute among the people. Everyone ate until they were satisfied and there was still food left over. A miracle as everyone who has heard the story knows. But where did that miracle begin?
Before that boy left his home, his mother packed food so he would not go hungry. As she was packing up the fish and loaves, a routine that probably occurred daily , she didn’t think this lunch was any different. She just did what needed to be done and moved on. She did not know that on this day, this little item in her calendar, a menial task, that would be discounted as daily routine, would be the beginning of one of the most talked about miracles in the last 2000 years.
How many seeds of miracles do we plant every day and not know it?
We do not know the power in our actions. Only God does. We do not know how the tiny, unimportant can become big and powerful. When will we realize that everything we do counts?
Christine talked about how we are not interested in seeds. They are small. They are boring. Who gets excited about the seed? No, we want the harvest. We want the see results and then revel in them.
Yet, every day we are throwing seeds out into the world without ever knowing if they are harvested down the road. Miracles are happening every day that started with an ordinary task.
“The ingredients for a miracle are always in our midst.”
That mother packed up the food and shooed her son out the door. She started the miracle of feeding 15,000 with her son’s lunch because everything we do counts.
Whether we know it or not.
So, don’t hold back.
Even if you will not be there to see the harvest.
Because everything we do counts.
Making lunches, smiling at strangers, paying it forward, taking the time for someone when you do not have any time, making the call all count even though we discount them as trivial and routine.
Every thing you do counts.
Even if it is just preparing lunch.
Because God can take a boy’s lunch and feed 15,000 people.
Miracles start with our small acts.
Then God takes the discounted and makes it count.