13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was leftover of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

(Matthew 14:13-21)

Life has many uncertainties. Many times we wonder what the next step will be or perhaps what new and different directions we will choose to go. Decisions are made usually on the facts we know or on the hope of what the outcome could be. Even in these situations, there is always the possibility of something not working. Because of determination and persistence we choose to act. People who live this way at times limit themselves. In the faith community, people who self identify as Christians have insights that allow them to exercise and use their faith. Faith is more than facts. It is based on something or someone greater than ourselves. It has the reality that mountains can be moved, situations can change and the impossible can become the possible. It is the idea that what is not humanly possible can become possible.

Another element to consider is something we often neglect to see is resources. Too often we are under the impression that for something to happen we must have plenty to start with to succeed. Sometimes we look at what we have and come to the conclusion it is not enough. We box ourselves in, we feel defeated before we start, we are afraid and our response is, let us play it safe and not even try. Jesus reminds us to have faith, mustard seed faith. Reminds us to pray and seek first the Kingdom of God. Reminds us to trust in Him because He knows each of us by name like a shepherd knows the names of all his sheep. Our greatest resource is not us, or what we have but our relationship with God. God is our Kingdom resource.

Can one imagine having two fish and five loaves and trying to feed 5000+ men, women, and children? This is enough for a child’s lunch, not thousands. The disciples were charged to feed everyone there and to them, that was impossible.

So!!!! Jesus takes what He is given realizing it is not too little but is enough with the Father’s blessing. The two fish and five loaves are offered to the Father, blessed, distributed to all and all eat until they were full.

We can stand before the uncertainties of life and know that with God all things are possible. Never say in our souls we have so little but say to ourselves God has much. Never say it is impossible because the fact is God can do with what we have.

A childlike faith is to offer what we have to God and trusting God with it. Let us remember two fish and five loaves of bread feeds 5000+. Imagine what God can do with us and through us in these uncertain times.

Shalom