Matthew 14 has a beautiful story of Jesus feeding thousands of people with just a few loaves and fishes. You know the one.
I love reading it, and I think my favorite part is when the disciples come to Jesus and tell Him to send the people away so they can get something to eat.
A reasonable plan, right?
But I love that Jesus says, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” (Matt 14:16 NIV)
It surprises me that He did not say, “I’m going to give them something to eat.” Even though He knew that the food would come from Himself. He knew they did not have enough.
How many times have I looked into the eyes of a grieving friend, or a stranger in need, and thought “I have nothing to say? The need goes beyond me.”
And that’s when Jesus whispers, “You give them something to eat.” He knows the food will really come from Himself. He just wants me to give Him something to multiply.