And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
We look at situations like this, and they seem so overwhelming and confounding. To us, every lack is magnified and every need is great. To us, some plan has to be concocted following the typical course and the only way we know. But Jesus is on another level. He simply asks the disciples to bring what they have to Him. And feeding that whole crowd was as easy as breaking some bread and passing it around. If the disciples had tried to do that, it would have run out after their fives loaves had been used. But with Jesus, more just kept coming, to the point where they even had something extra to take away, much more than they had started with.
Often, we look too much at our normal, typical way of handling life and the situations that arise. But the extraordinary is normal and typical when God is involved. An abundance is typical when He is supplying. Compassion is typical for Him when He sees needy people. Satisfaction and fullness are typical to those who have received something from His hand. Goodness, love, and generosity are all typical of God as He interacts with us.
When we find ourselves in a situation where we just don’t know what to do, perhaps we don’t necessarily need to do anything at all. God is going to do God things. We can have a part by our willingness to be used or giving something that we have, but ultimately, God will do what God will do. And He does the kinds of things that we are unable to do ourselves. So when we trust Him, these kinds of situations have a much better result than they would if we tried to figure it all out on our own.
If Jesus can feed a multitude in a desert place, can’t He supply whatever it is that we need just now? Even if we can see no way, even if we can’t figure it out, even if our best plan would never work, are we willing to leave it in Jesus’ hands and see what He might be able to do in our situation? It may not make sense or seem possible. It may go against what we would normally do. But will we be willing to step out of the way, let go of our expectations, and simply be amazed by what God can do?