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John 6:5-13 (New International Version)

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

There have been times in my life where I have found that my resources were woefully insufficient to accomplish the task set before me.  Sometimes it has happened in ministry, the marriage retreat scheduled and committed to just as the budget has been cut. Other times it has been personal, due to an emergency or poor planning, a bill or three has to go unpaid.  A child is consistently getting into trouble, but nothing I do or say seems to make a difference. Still other times it has been professional or vocational. A client has refused to, or been unable to pay on time, in full, or at all – despite the fact that the work has been completed. Funding for a project has been cut.  An investor has pulled out.  A much needed core staff member cannot keep his/her commitment to join the start-up.  Whenever I have found myself in a situation that is beyond my abilities (which is most of the time), I learn quickly that God is God over that area, too.  Business, family, parenting, finances, projects and ventures of any kind – He alone is God.  Sure, I have my part to do.  And believe me I do my best to give him my best, already knowing that I don’t have enough.

That’s where this biblical account comes in.  I have learned to humbly offer my fish and loaves to God in any given area – even before lack is evident.  Depending upon him to multiply my efforts, resources, time – whatever I need, sets me free to focus on my job and leave him alone to do his.

Where are you lacking resources today?  Tell God about it.  Offer him your fish and loaves, then ask him to multiply them.  Remember, you dwell under a friendly sky.  He loves it when we come to him.  So don’t waste another minute trying to make it happen on your own.

Be blessed Family!