Scripture: John 6:1-15
Observation: Jesus wanted to feed a large group of people who had gathered to come hear him teach. When Jesus asks Philip how they could feed all the people, Philip replied that it was impossible. However, when Andrew looked around, he spotted a boy with five loaves of bread and two fishes – and Jesus was able to take that and feed the entire crowd.
Application: Do you know any super resourceful people? You know, the type of people who can make anything work? Give them two paper plates and some rice and they make a tambourine. Give them a newspaper and magnifying glass and they make a fire. Give them a fish bowl and they transform it into a Thanksgiving table centerpiece.
I am most definitely NOT one of those people. The extent of my creativity is swapping whole wheat flour in a recipe that calls for all-purpose. I know, I know – I live life on the edge.
I think Philip, one of Jesus’s disciples, was probably a lot like me. He seems like a “I can see what is” rather than “I can see what could be” type of person.
When Jesus asks Philip where they could purchase bread to feed all the people, his response is straightforward, practical, and by all human standards, true.
“Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” (v. 7)
But while Philip could only see what was, Andrew saw what could be.
“Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. ‘There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?’” (v. 8-9)
Practically speaking, Andrew’s suggestion was pretty ridiculous. (To be honest, I think he said that someone had five loaves and two fish, realized how impractical that sounded, and added the “But what good is that?” to try and save face.)
But, he saw possible instead of practical – and it paved the way for a miracle.
Think about your life right now. Where are you thinking only of what is rather than seeing what could be? What if your miracle is right in front you, just looking much different than you thought?
Let’s see what our God sees – the possible over the practical, the miracle in the mess.
Prayer: God, I confess that I too often box you in, assuming that you work the way I would. But, your ways are not my ways! I praise you and pray that you’ll help me see a miracle in every mess. Amen.