In John 6, we read about a small boy with a big lunch. Obviously a growing boy, he carried five barley loaves and two small fish. We know that Jesus took the loaves and distributed them to His disciples first, and then to the five-thousand men who had followed Him. We picture this scene and how it all transpired and we know that it was certainly a miracle. Not only did the food not run out, the Bible says that the disciples gathered up what was left over after everyone had eaten, and there were enough fish and loaves to fill twelve baskets!
We don’t know who packed the little boy’s lunch. But for the sake of this entry, let’s loosely assume it was his mother who rose early to pack her son’s lunch, never knowing the impact it would have – on the disciples, the five-thousand men, and anyone who has read/will read this story in the Bible.
I thought about that mother packing a lunch like she did every other day, and how insignificant she must’ve thought it was. I think about how we, as parents, tend to ignore the impact of our daily tasks, chores and to-do’s. We tend to overlook the fact that even the simplest task can be performed with great love and care. And God can create miraculous things out of our seemingly small things. We just have to be willing vessels to be used to carry out His purposes alone.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” – Colossians 3:23
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” – Colossians 3:17