Efforts into Miracles

In the gospels, Christ is recorded performing many miracles on the faith of the people. One that has stood out to me a lot is the feeding of the five thousand. In Luke 9 it is described:

13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.

14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.
15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.
16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.
17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

The story explains how the apostles had so little, barely enough for five men, when they were supposed to be feeding five thousand. I can only imagine how meager their supply felt when compared with the mass demand that was pressing upon them. For me, this easily compares to the demands we each feel throughout life of meeting the needs of those we are caring for, while meeting our own needs, and juggling work and school and family/social time, or whatever else weighs on us. This also applies to the desire to be like Christ, when we will not be perfect in this life.

In the account of Christ’s miracle feeding the five thousand, Christ is able to take this meager offering of five loaves and seven fishes and make it meet the demands of five thousand. Similarly, I know in our lives Christ can make up the difference between what we feel we have and what we feel we need to accomplish. He can help us meet those demands and end with more than we started with.

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