Be A Miracle in Someone’s Life

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Last week’s post I spoke about the widow of Zarephath and  the prophet Elijah.   In this story we see a great miracle of God’s provision for Elijah and for the widow through the daily bread they were blessed with and promised through faith and obedience through a time period of drought. What I want to discuss today is another miracle in the Bible that follows the same type of provision during the time of Jesus.  It is a well known story that involves a boy with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. 

John 6:3-13

Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.  The Jewish Passover Festival was near.  When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”  He asked his only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.  Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”  Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”  There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).  Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.  he did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”  So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

So we have a young boy who was the only one who came prepared to have lunch.  I have pondered often when I read this passage, what compelled him to have a willingness to share his food. What kind of conversation took place with him, what had he heard and/ or witnessed?  So let’s ponder the magnitude of this.  Philip was in the midst of conversing with Jesus about how and where they would be able to get enough food to feed not just 50 people, not even 500 but 5000 men and that was not including the women and children who were also present.  This was a mighty miracle indeed with even leftovers- 12 basketfuls!!!  The next thing we see in this text is our evangelist Andrew speak up to let everyone know that their was a young boy who has 2 fish and 5 barley loaves of bread.  He had personally assessed the situation himself and identified this young boy with food. So we see Philip with little to no faith, Andrew with some faith and some doubt and a young boy with child-like faith and a  willingness to share.   Following Andrews question “how far can this go?” Jesus commands to have all the people sit down, so he can give thanks. 

Jesus gave thanks for a meal that was not there and that would be enough to feed 5000 people.  When he finished the prayer the miracle had taken place and there was plenty of food for the 5000 people, women and children included and yes, I stress again, leftovers!!   Amazing isn’t it!  All because one boy chose to be willing to share his meal and became a part of one of the greatest miracles Jesus performed in his ministry.

So back to the question that I pondered earlier.  What do you think caused this boy to submit his lunch for the benefit of 5000 people? We see beforehand in John 6:2, “and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.”  The young boy along with men, women and other children were a part of a crowd who had seen and heard about the amazing things Jesus had done.  The young boy was becoming a believer in Jesus, quite possibly, more than likely already was.  We do not hear about the young boy’s testimony and life  after the miracle. He is not referenced in the word of God again.  However, we know he and many others left changed by the mighty miracle of provision that he was a part of that day. 

Making our life count here on earth is often man’s greatest quest but we must start early teaching our children about Jesus so that when the time comes they are ready to be a part of making miracles happen for Jesus.  I challenge you to become someone one’s miracle today.  Look for ways you can bless someone and help someone in need.  Look for ways to teach your children about Jesus and the love he has for them. So that they will grow up praising him and glorifying him with their lives.

Yesterday I posted on The Potter’s Plan Facebook page Deuteronomy 6:4-9 challenging Christians to hear and make this scripture a part of their family’s Christian make-up of who they are:

“Hear, O Israel (O Christians): The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Last school year morning time with the kids was so chaotic.  This year has been such a huge blessing because I have been reading a daily scripture to them in the car line and I can tell all the difference in this world.  God has led me to sharing a daily scripture and prayer on The Potter’s Plan Facebook page for all those who want to join with me and their families to have some daily encouragement at the start of the day.  Putting God first is so important and it is truly the best way to start at the beginning of the day.  Please pray for me to be prepared, well organized and consistent with this endeavor.  Please join me with this daily devotion and prayer and share it with others who need some guidance from God at the beginning of the day.  It is has already been a huge blessing to me and my kids this year. 

Also, please consider joining the potter’s plan weekly blog post through email, become a part of our prayer partner network and share your prayer requests in the prayer garden.  I have a huge heart for prayer intercession and would love to cover you and your family’s needs in prayer before the thrown of Jesus.    Thank you for taking time to read!

Blessings & Love in Christ, 








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