Scripture: John 6:1-15
Key verse John 6:11
Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
Reflection: This familiar story, of Jesus feeding a multitude of people, never gets old to me. Every time I read it, something new jumps out of it. Today it is this idea: Where we see scarcity, God sees the possibility of abundance. The disciples saw only that there were so many people, and not enough money to buy bread to feed them all. Then Jesus took a few loaves, given in hope by one little boy, and multiplied them into more than enough, and there were leftovers! Abundance was possible all along. The disciples just couldn’t see or imagine what Jesus could do.
Where do you see scarcity right now? Where in your life, or in the lives of those around you, is there not enough? Where is the closed door? Is it possible that abundance is there, and you just can’t see it yet? Maybe it looks different than you think it should. (Imagine if some of the 5,000 hungry people were gluten-free….the multiplication of the loaves might have looked not so great to them.) Keep your eyes open to what Jesus is up to, and be ready to be amazed.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I see only scarcity and problems. Help me look with your vision of abundance and hope and grace. Help me be a part of bringing abundance and hope and grace to others. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].